I'm not sure how this works as this is my first post but here goes!? I am 40 this year. My father died from a heart attack aged 62 and had cholesterol levels of 12-13. I have inherited this (along with my other siblings) and have cholesterol levels that range from 5-10 (10.2 most recently). I was diagnosed early (age 13) and have been on statins for over 15 years. I used to have a pin sharp memory but can hardly remember where I put my keys down now. I have read up a little about statins being 'the thief of memory' and I can definitely relate to this. I also have Hashimoto's disease (autoimmune under active thyroid) and adrenal fatigue (the last time Geneva Diagnostics tested me). I have had an underactive thyroid for over 10yrs but only found out that I had Hashimoto's a year ago.
I am concerned about taking statins long term as have read that it doesn't help women much in the long run and hardly adds much onto my life span and it's all a big con. I have also read that that cholesterol can actually be good for women and add to my lifespan.
The doctors repeatedly say that for normal women with elevated cholesterol I would have a point but they maintain that as I suffer from familial Hypercholesterolemia I should stay on them.
I would love to give them up if I could. Can anyone help me?
Many thanks in advance