I was on statins 9 years ago and they caused debilitating muscle pains. When I switched doctors, my new doctor ordered a nuclear stress test, cardiac calcium test, c-reactive protein & NMR LipoProfile. Stress test was normal, cardiac calcium score was zero, c-reactive protein normal, but my NMR showed Type B pattern profile. My PCP felt I didn't need to be taking a statin & could make diet/exercise changes. He's retired and my new PCP ran a lipid test & he told me the results were "horrible" and I needed to take a statin, regardless of the testing results and the side effects. Here are the results:
Total Cholesterol 259 (100-199)
Triglycerides 167 (0-149)
HDL 53 (>39)
LDL 173 (0-99)
VLDL 33 (5-40)
I'm 67 (F) and take a blood thinner (Eliquis) and suffered side effects from being on Xarelto, including kidney decline. My creatinine has recovered since stopping Xarelto and my eGFR is in the 60's again, but it does fluctuate. I cannot tolerate the side effects of a statin. I'm otherwise healthy and take Vitamin D.
I'm curious about what success others have had with diet, supplements, etc. instead of taking a statin. Thanks, in advance.