Hi, I am new here my cholesterol reading is 6.8 I have been taking plant sterols with omega 3 for over 3 years and whilst my cholesterol has dropped from 7.4 to 6.8 my doctor wants me to go on statins. I am worried about the side affects. Also a concern of mine is that I have tried to lose weight, need to lose about 15kgs,. But being menopauseal nothing appears to work. I used to be so fit and healthy, trained 6 times a week etc, my only vice which has probably caused this was smoking which I have now stopped since January this year. I am now sitting here thinking what else can I do. I am thinking of giving the statins a go. Any advice would be appreciated.