I had an appointment with a GP today, to discuss options for lowering cholesterol. My blood test results in June:
Total Cholesterol 6.91 mmol/L
Chol/HDL Ratio 3.90
The concern is the LDL cholesterol being too high. The GP checked my QRISK score, (10 year risk) as 5.62%, which they said is perfect. They said that for a score above 10%, start statin therapy (low dose) as prevention. However, then referred me to the Lipid Clinic clinician’s recommendation, that I start Simvastatin 10 mg. I refused the statin yet again. My plan is to try plant sterol tablets for 3 months and then get another blood test. The GP did mention that plant sterols could interfere with vitamin absorption. I make sure to have a healthy diet. From the reviews I have read on-line about plant sterol tablets, they do have an effect on cholesterol. Some people have been taking the plant sterol tablet for years, so I think it is worth trying them.