Just wanted to share what has just happened to me to give hope to others who might find themselves in similar circumstances. I am a 56 year old woman who was found to have a cholesterol of 8 three months ago on a routine blood test for something else entirely. My GP wanted to put me onto statins which I was not happy to do, and so he referred me to a consultant at the hospital. Most of my tests were within normal limits and my HDL was good but my ldl was 5.3. I have normal blood pressure, a normal hba1c and my inflammatory markers were fine. I exercise regularly and am slightly over weight. FH was banded about as a possibility. I was not given any advice from the GP and came away feeling very apprehensive. I have since read and researched as much as I could and yesterday went to my consultant appointment armed with my arguments against starting statins.
To my utter amazement he told me that I have postmeopausal hypercholstranemia and that my q risk has come out at 3, which is fine. He wants me to check my bloods again in 5 YEARS time! I asked why I had been seen at the hospital and he said it was to both reassure me and to reassure the GP. I am obviously very pleased to have this news although I will continue to follow the advice I have found in many places to perhaps slow down the rise in the cholesterol, but am saddened to have had 3 months of unavoidable stress if the GP had of been able to analyse my results accurately. I have another friend of the same age as me who has a GP who has also tried to put her onto statins with similar results to mine.