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Hi, I'm new to the forum, would like some feedback please. I had a blood test done and it showed that my cholesterol level is high 8.5 my doctor said I needed to start taking statins asap, I am taking Ramapril 5mg each day for high blood pressure but my doctor says blood pressure is ok. I would prefer to try and lower my cholesterol level through diet and exercise, any suggestions would be appreciated.


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Hi gmcarolan,

Welcome to the Healthy Eating forum. I am wondering if you might get more responses to your query in the Cholesterol Support forum on Healthunlocked? A link is here if you want to have a look:

Just wanted to give you that link, to help - and hopefully you will get some helpful replies to your query.

Zest :-)


Hi Zest,

Many thanks for you reply and the link info, have viewed some of the postings already on the link and the information is very informative.



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Neither your doctor nor anyone else knows what you cholesterol level ought to be; cholesterol is an important component of the blood acting as a repair mechanism on the site of any injury. Rather than go into a long description I would recommend that you read what a heart surgeon says when he admits to having been wrong over 25 years. Go to:

There are also a couple of articles about Statins on the same web site which you can read at: There is an update at: And finally not wishing to give you indigestion on the subject if anyone suggest that you lower your saturated fat intake have a look at:

Make no mistake about it, in my view the Statin drug is only of good for one thing and that is the profit made by the pharmaceutical companies.

Now to blood pressure whch is better controlled by increasing your intake of water. A litre bottle with about ¼ teaspoon of salt added (you shouldn't be able to taste it) drunk every day over a period of time will help. The drugs can have unexpected side-effects. Have a look at:

In all you should watch your intake of sugar not from fruit but in cakes etc.

I am sorry to have given you so much to read but if you understand a condition you will know how to treat it without recourse to a doctor.

I wouldn't go within 100 miles of Statins and told my doctor so and why; she diidn't reply!

Best of luck. Tibbly


Hi Tibbly,

Many thanks for your reply, I will look at the websites this evening.




I would add that increasing salt intake can increase blood pressure, so just be aware of the salt content of what you are eating.


Have a look at : to get things into perspective.



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