I'm going to be 50 years old later this year(!) - I'm 5"10' and just under 10 stone (62kg). I gave up smoking 10 years ago and although I'm not an athlete I do keep quite active as I have 2 young kids. My diet is reasonably healthy - porridge every morning and recommended amounts of fruit and veg throughout the day although I do like my crisps and biscuits which I know aren't too good.
I've been keeping an eye on my cholesterol level over the last couple of years - not because I've felt unwell but because my father died of an MI aged 53 yrs (in 1981) and it's a concern to me as I know family history can be relevant.
Previously my GP has told me it's my decision about statins but for some reason today when I got my latest results (which are the same as last year) she thinks I should go on statins.
Today's results showed I had total cholesterol of 5.2 mmol/L with breakdown below:
HDL=1.5 / LDL = 3.2 / non-HDL = 3.7 / Trigly=1 (mmol/L)
I try to avoid meds if possible and I have read articles about the "great cholesterol con" etc but at the same time worried about following in my fathers footsteps with 3 years to go!
I realise I should probably follow my GP's advice as she is qualified but just wanted to bounce some ideas of other people who perhaps were/are in similar positions.
Thoughts please and thank you in advance