I won’t take one. If I needed it I’d probably explore other options first, as I react badly to a lot of medications. I don’t have an issue, my cholesterol is usually around 160-180 but I’m a vegan so that is only because it’s what my liver decides to make. My HDL is way high which is really good and that is probably because I eat nuts and avocados all the time, all the good things that help raise those HDL levels.
My recent (very missed) endo did a complete in depth break down of fats in my blood, it listed all sorts of things I had never heard of and everything was great. Heart disease does run in my family. Her comment was I won’t be having heart problems for a while. She had never tried to put me on statins. This extra panel was done right before I moved. My pcp Doctor also had never tried to put me on statins.
New Doctor and first thing she says is you need to take statins. That in depth wonderful blood panel was done in Sept, this is November. I brought her a copy. She didn’t care what my numbers were, because I’m diabetic I should be on a statin. She is also a very recent graduate so this is what they are teaching them. I told her if I had a cholesterol problem I would take plant sterols and she said there is no research on that, only on statins. That’s not true, maybe not medical research, but lots of studies.
Anyway we went round and round on it, she asked why and I asked why should I? , lol…it ended up with me saying I’m not taking them and if you are that unhappy I can switch doctors if you’d rather I do that. She finally backed off. Of course second visit, same thing but not as bad. She told me up front she will probably bring it up each time I see her!
She’s nice, but seems at odds with what I want so I might end up switching anyway. She loves medications, I do not. But she is a go getter, very young, not warped yet and had me in to a spine doctor and a visiting endo immediately. So that’s a plus! We’ll see how it works out!
Avocados! A fairly recent study came out they start cleaning out your arteries within 2 weeks and my old endo used to push an avocado a day for a diabetic! I love avocados!!!
Sigh, I miss my type 1 endo!!! Did I say that already?? Lol!
But I truly believe we are all different, you can try to prescribe me a pill and you literally have a 50/50 shot that I will have a bad reaction to it. So I am probably more vehement than most that I don’t want to take it. We all have to decide for ourselves what we want.