I am someone who won't take statins period but I have been getting somewhat alarmed at the rise in my cholesterol, even though the % of LDL and HDL were good. I have suffered from Colitis and IBS since the early 1970's and other autoimmune diseases for some time so I know my inflammation levels are high.
I consulted a nutritionist some time ago who did a comprehensive GI test which came back with some interesting results and as a result she recommended some changes to diet - exclusion of gluten, one third of plate to be protein & fat to come from mainly fish, chicken, unprocessed meat and lentils and nuts. I also take a variety of supplements - specific to my requirements as the GI test showed up an imbalance in gut flora, inability to absorb nutrients as a result and inability to excrete toxins due to production of an enzyme which blocks absorption of short chain fatty acids. Also to add Kefir - I have plenty of grains to spare.
After about 6 weeks of staying with the changes and taking the supplements my cholesterol has dropped from 7.9 to 6.8.
One of the supplements is a plant sterol which I take with every meal. I can keep my GP happy as long as I keep my level below 7. Yeah - result!