I am new to this site and would appreciate other peoples help and thoughts on lowering my cholesterol.
I have been asked to go to my surgery following a cholesterol test. My result was 6.6. I am about 2 stone overweight, but have always thought that I eat reasonably healthily, although I do think my portions are large. I have been having skimmed milk for 25 years, I eat low fat spreads and yogurts daily, and eat a fair amount of chicken. My husband and I (he has been on Statins for several years) do not really enjoy fish. I get my 5 a day almost every day. I am considering ordering some high strength plant sterols from Healthspan, and possibly joining WeightWatchers. I do not want to take Statins, having seen first hand the side effects caused. Will simply shifting the excess weight help, or can I do more?
I do have a family history of heart attacks and my mother had a massive stroke 8 years ago. I know that I need to act now-I am 51.
I would like to hear your thoughts, particularly on the plant serols if you have tried them.