I've always heard that higher HDL cholesterol is good and lower LDLIis good but the point is really the shape of the cholesterol...is it fluffy?! If its big and fluffy you're fine. If its small and dense its not. But, the doctors don't tell you that of course. I think its fine to eat cholesterol as long as its not damaged, thats why I eat raw egg yolks everyday
That way your body will recognizeIit and downregulate liver production. Interestingly, a diet high in PUFAs, eg vegetable oil and margarine, too many nuts, almond flour etc which are supposedly sooo healthy are the things which cause cholesterol to get small and dense.
I also read that a sudden drop in cholesterol, associated with eating "cholesterol lowering" foods, is in fact indicative of the cholesterol being driven into the cells, a toxic effect - not lowering it, just hiding it!!
As for high blood pressure, I have high blood pressure - I will not be taking statins for it. Potassium can lower blood pressure, its cheap to buy on amazon (or just eat bananas to be safer!)
It could be a cortisol problem, my diet and exercise was great and I was stressing my tired adrenals and forcing them to pump out cortisol. Maybe eat a little bit more often (banana every 2 hrs? ) and if you're avoiding salt give that up too, coz salt is important even if you have high BP. Have an optimal amount of 1 tsp a day.
Hope this is helpful - I'm not an expert obviously but the doctors have been told to sell drugs so who do you trust these days.