I've read a lot of material over the years (including Dr Malcolm Kendrick's book, "The Great Cholesterol Con") supporting the idea that cholesterol isn't necessarily the demon that we've all been led to believe that it is. It's therefore not something that I've particularly worried about. I should probably mention at this point that I was prescribed statins around 18 years due to my cholesterol levels, but I started to get muscle problems, read about and heard a lot of horror stories of people's experiences on statins, and made the decision to stop taking them after about 3 years of being on them.
However, I recently had a Medichecks test which included, among other things, cholesterol status. And, unsurprisingly, the results have been flagged up as a potential cause for concern:
Triglycerides: 2.14 [0.0 - 2.30]
Cholesterol: *9.43 [0.00 - 4.99]
HDL cholesterol: 1.47 [0.90 - 1.50]
LDL cholesterol: *6.99 [0.00 - 3.00]
Non-HDL cholesterol: *7.96 [0.00 - 3.89]
Heart disease risk
HDL % of total: *15.59 [20.00 - 100.00]
Obviously, seeing the results in black and white and receiving the comments from the Medichecks doctor that I ought to discuss these results with my GP, has now made me begin to worry somewhat. I'd be very interested to hear other people's thoughts about the situation.