I have had extremely high cholesterol for over 30 years. My total cholesterol number has been as high as 10.5 mmol/l and averaged around 8.7 mmol/l for the past 10 years. Although symptomless, I recently had a cardio score done and found that I now have a highish level of calcification in my heart arteries ( at age 70)
I have always refused to take statins however I have now found that I must do something to slow/stop the progress of further calcification - so decided to start taking statins and also to "corrrect" my diet. My Doctor put me on a low 5mg dose of Crestor which has not caused me any side effects.
I have now had my first blood lipids test done since starting this new regimen - and am VERY pleased to find that my total cholesterol number has reduced by 50% and triglycerides have reduced by 40%. My Total chol/HDL ratio has reduced from 6.5 to 3.1.
Diet wise, I am eating more vegetables, fruit, nuts, whole grains (oats and barley) fish and beans - less red meat, much leass alcohol and much much less processed foods especially white breads and the like. . I am using margerine and milk which has plant sterols in them and have a tablespoon each per day of Chia seeds, Psyllium husk and Soy Lecethin (with my morning oats). Don't know which of this is working for me - but I will keep on doing it - because of my artherosclerosis , Doctor still wants to see a smaller further reduction of numbers - will see what happens after a further 3 months on this regimen