Hello I have recently been diagnosed with raised cholesterol (3.1) and prescribed statins. I haven’t started to take them yet as I’m not sure whether to try to get my level down by making dietary changes. Can you offer any advice? I’m 70 but lead an active lifestyle with lots of exercise. I have had PMR for the last three years but that has been much better recently and am expecting to come off the steroids (1/2 mg slow reduction) within the next couple of weeks.
Looking forward to your replies. Thank you.
It's up to you, really. I did read that doctors are going to be prescribing statins to more people in future, forget exactly why. But I'm not totally sure whether dietary changes are sustainable long-term - I know I couldn't. I found statins dealt with my cholesterol very efficiently without making more than marginal dietary changes.
"doctors are going to be prescribing statins to more people in future, forget exactly why" - it's because the NHS is failing at testing and heart attack prevention, but fixing that requires political will, whereas statins don't, they're cheap (2p/day) and they help more people than they hurt. However, when they hurt, they can be devastating, so this is going to end badly for a small minority. telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/0...