hi every one,
my high cholesterol is because of genetics... my mum has a condition called familial hypercholesterolaemia which as it happens was passed down to me. i manage my cholesterol levels by taking medication called (lipitor) atorvastatin.
I was tested at the age of 14 and found out I had it when i was put on a clinical trial to see if i was compatible to take the medication to manage my inherited illness. I was and started to take the medication.
During my teenage years I decided that it wasn't ''cool'' to be taking these pills and decided to stop taking them. I didn't feel any different and there fore didn't need to take them.
it wasn't until a few years later that my doctor had requested me to go for a blood test to checks my lipids, only to find that the cholesterol levels had sky rocketed and I was in danger of having a heart attack at the age of 17/18. This frightened me big time and I started to take the pills (at a higher dosage) and started eating healthier and eventually (about half a year or so later) the lipids returned to normal....ish
I will be taking these pills for the rest of my life, but as I now understand the dangers of my condition i'd much rather take a pill every night then risk my life.
I think every one should be tested for familial hypercholesterolaemia. high cholesterol isn't just for people who are over weight or who eat unhealthily. I eat pretty well, i am very slim but yet if i stop taking these pills i could die... people are often amazed when i say i have high cholesterol as they wouldn't think that a man of my size (6''4 and 13 stone) would have any problems with high cholesterol.... makes you wonder whether people really know enough about it.
And now with the UK being one of the fattest countries in the world i think we all need a bit more education.
Thanks for reading