I'm 41 and have recently had a result of 5.4, (3 on my bad cholesterol). My last check was 8 years ago when my overall result was 3.8. The doctor was concerned as it had gone up in this time by a considerable amount and my dad died at 45 from an unexpected heart attack. She said she was going to check me again in 12 months and decide if I need statins. It's terrified me as I'm nearing the age my dad was when he died.
I've cut basically all saturated fat from my diet and started taking benecol drinks, eating more oats and beans. I exercise regularly, I don't smoke, low end of weight range, good blood pressure, no diabetes, no thyroid or kidney problems.
I am petrified that I'm just going to drop down dead within the next couple of years due to my cholesterol. Xx