Hi I'm desperately trying to make sense of my cholesterol level of 8.7 and what I can do about it. I also have fibromyalgia, IBS and I'm celiac. I eat a very healthy diet, no processed food, everything make from scratch, mostly veg and a little fruit with fish, chicken. I am a healthy BMI, my blood pressure is normal and my HDL and triglyceride levels are all excellent. I exercise as much as I can with fibro and more than most people my age, 56. I can't tolerate gluten, corn, lactose, soya and a host of other things. I keep my carbs very low as this helps build my energy levels. Just about all the foods to lower cholesterol have lactose or gluten in them. I have no family history of very high cholesterol. Nothing I have looked at is making any sense to me and the side effects of statins will take me back to crippling levels of fibro. My thyroid, kidney, liver tests are all normal. Can anyone throw any light on this?