I was diagnosed with familial hypercholestrolaemia (FH) when I was 4. I have never really done much to actively help my FH (as a child I was on a low fat diet and I've always been very sporty and fit) but as my levels are now very high (in the 8's I think, and I have a large fat deposit on my eyelid) I am beginning to think about what to do next. My doctor only ever recommends statins and although I saw a cardiac specialist as a child, I have never been re-referred.
My brother is a personal trainer and nutritionist, and he reads a lot about pioneering research into cholesterol levels and heart disease. He tells me that there is no proven link between LDL and heart disease. I am beginning to think about taking a more concerted effort into diet, but he tells me a high fat/low sugar diet is a good thing and I don't have anything to worry about. I have been eating full fat butters, milks, cheeses and eat large quantities of eggs, avocados and oily fish, and have seen my cholesterol levels rise quickly. I am now worried that I'm doing the wrong thing. I like organic/natural eating, and don't particularly want to eat low fat substitutes as I know they contain so many chemicals. I'm a bit lost.
I don't want to be playing Russian roulette with my health but don't know what to believe. I know our knowledge about health is changing all the time. I don't know where to start with my research, am very anti taking pharmaceutical intervention (I am still only in my 20s), but at the same time don't want to risk my life in the process!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.