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Lowering cholesterol

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.

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mrsredboots profile image

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.

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Safariqueen in reply to mrsredboots

thank you.

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DakCB-UK in reply to mrsredboots

"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...

sandybrown profile image


Would it be possible for you to give full cholesterol lipids for me to suggest few things.

We need cholesterol for our body to function properly!

Thank you.

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Safariqueen in reply to sandybrown

Ah- don’t know these I’m afraid. 😳

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sandybrown in reply to Safariqueen

From this post " raised cholesterol (3.1) and prescribed statins", UK, NHS guide lines for total cholesterol is 5.5.

If your total cholesterol is 3.1, there may may be problem for your body to function?

Please consult your doctor to find out more information on rick analysis and guide lines to look after our health.

It is imperative that your body to generate enough cholesterol for your body's basic function.!!!

I experience a lot of problems with my GP practice, because of my understanding on medical matters.!!

Take care.

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Safariqueen in reply to sandybrown

Hi, sorry if I was unclear. As I understand it (and must admit my understanding is limited) my so called bad cholesterol is 3.1. Don’t know what my total cholesterol is. I seem to be functioning fine 😊

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sandybrown in reply to Safariqueen


LDL cholesterol below 3.0 mmol/L.

If your LDL is 3.1 therefore, you can ask your doctor why? do I need medication.

Look out for free and hidden sugar in food and drinks. You can check this on food and drinks label.

You can control your blood numbers with controlled diet and regular exercise.

A doctor can do risk analysis from you blood test results to help you to look after your health.

I am 76 and my blood test numbers are all above normal, I look after my health with food and drinks intake control and regular exercise.

Take care.

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DakCB-UK in reply to Safariqueen

Yeah, 3.1mmol/L is only just over a recent guideline. My tailored-target from a hospital consultant is 3.7, so strong meds for 3.1 before even attempting diet&exercise improvements seems crazy to me!

JeremiahObadiah profile image

Are you reluctant to take statins for any particular reason?

I found I have high cholesterol many years ago. . I didn’t want medication. I upped the amount of exercise I did hugely , eliminated nearly all saturated fat from my diet and had a small reduction in my cholesterol. Years later my cholesterol levels were back up above where they had been. I decided that I was inflicting damage on myself and accepted 20mg atorvastatin which brought my levels to more or less ok.

When I had to stop taking the statins for 6 months as I was taking another contraindicated tablet for an unrelated short term problem , my cholesterol whizzed back up!

Statins are not addictive-if you need to stop you don’t have any withdrawal. There are different statins should one not agree with you.

I have had no side effects from the dosage I’m taking and am very grateful for them. I still exercise and I eat very carefully on the whole but know that the statins are giving me what I can’t do for myself naturally.

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DakCB-UK in reply to JeremiahObadiah

20mg isn't the lowest dose, but it's a quarter of what I was taking when I nearly lost the use of my legs. I also had memory problems, so I'm still not sure what other side-effects I had, and if you asked me, I didn't remember falling. It's probably stories like ours that make people hesitate about taking inhibitors like statins. I accepted you needed to try something more than diet and exercise, but if someone doesn't need to play this lottery, why should they?

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Safariqueen in reply to JeremiahObadiah

Well I'm a bit reluctant to take any medication - though I will if I absolutely have to. Cholesterol management is a huge new area for me and I want to find out all I can about it before I commit myself to taking statins. If I really need to I will, but would like to try to manage the condition through my diet and exercise if that proves itself to be possible. Thanks for your reply.

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pinosolady in reply to Safariqueen

My cholesterol was a litle higher than it should be and my doctor wanted to put me on statins. Because I have a tendency to react badly to a number of drugs I said I wanted to try and reduce my readings by lifestyle changes. I started by reading the British heart foundations diet guidelines and these, along with increased exercise and careful diet I not only got my cholesterol down but lost weight and improved my fitness. If you are dubious about commiting to stations give it a go. It certainly worked for me.

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Safariqueen in reply to pinosolady

Thank you.

ALB38 profile image

I would not touch statins with a barge pole. I was prescribes atorvastatin after I had a stroke in 2018 and the side effects were horrendous. Since then I have tried two others with the same result. I am now taking plant sterol tablets daily and my last blood test was normal in all respects. Much better than statins, which generate huge profits for Big Pharma but are not good for patients.

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Teresat472 in reply to ALB38

Glad you are doing okay on plant sterol tablet , what sort do you take?

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ALB38 in reply to Teresat472

I get 800mg tablets from Healthspan, vi the web.

Safariqueen profile image

Thank you everyone. Your reponses have given me a lot of food for thought. I think my next step is to ask for a copy of my blood test so I can take a good look at it.

Firinne profile image

Have you Googled cardiologist Dr Aseem Molhotra and statins? He has some very interesting things to say about risks and benefits of statins. I am 76 and have very high total and LDL cholesterol but my ratios are perfect. In my case, it may be that my hypothyroid condition isn't medicated optimally - that can be a cause of raised cholesterol. I have no intention of going on statins, I think my cholesterol is the way it is for a reason, my body needs it.

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Safariqueen in reply to Firinne

thank you I will take a look.

sluggerpeggy profile image

It can be lowered by strick diet changes and exercises.

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Safariqueen in reply to sluggerpeggy

Thank you.

GypsyChick profile image

Statins have been linked to cognitive decline. Have a look at the new information about cholesterol by Dr Berg on YouTube.

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Safariqueen in reply to GypsyChick

Thank you. 😊

pablojack profile image

Not sure I am qualified to give advice. However when my total; cholesterol wa 8.2 I was prescribed 20mg atorvastatin. This brought my total Cholesterol; down to 4.6 with other lipids within range. No side effects whatsoever. However my cardiologist wants to increase the statin to 40mg, even 80mg ,with other options on the basis that lower is better. In the meantime I have used niacin which has lowered trigs and also increased HDL. This has been accompanied with the usual niacin side effects which I find embarassing. I am also unsure if I am just improving the numbers without reducing perceived risks. I will now stop the niacin and increase the statin to 40mg. I will not increase the statin further regardless of the result. I may even go back to 20mg if there is no significant improvement. This is not advice, merely my attempt to comply with medical advice without overdoing medication.

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Safariqueen in reply to pablojack

Thank you. That’s very interesting.

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