HI guys. I've just had a cholesterol clinic appointment and learnt some interesting stuff which I'd like to check out and share with you. My consultant there (fabulous man!) gave me 50 minutes of his time, shared a paper with me and listened with fascination to me, and spoke a lot of sense, with lots of medical and research backing.
So I have high cholesterol 8.6 at the moment and he thinks it may be familial as my Mum has a similar count. He's particularly interested because I have ET and although they are not related, he wonders if the platelet activity might impact the cholesterol.
The really interesting thing was that he read in a paper by the wonderful Claire Harrison that there is an argument for putting ET patients on statins. Now apparently there are 5 statins and I can't take 2 of them because the interfere with Hydroxyurea, and he is mindful of the potential side effects of statins.
I have had more bloods taken and another appointment in 4 weeks to discuss next steps. One really great thing he said was that my lifestyle is excellent - so the low sugar, no processed food, lots of water and low alcohol intake got the big thumbs up! If ever I needed encouragement to continue, I certainly got it today!
So my question to the group is - has anyone else been put on statins because of the positive impact if you have ET? What did you consultant tell you? Anything else I should be asking him?
Thank you - hope you're all enjoying this beautiful late summer sunshine!