I’m glad that you took your normal path of gathering information and educating yourself separate from just taking what one physician says as the only truth.
I’m 60, and at 55 yrs old my cardiologist (purely went to one as preventative due to T1 for 27 yrs then. Took a nuclear stress test, he tells me that he’s never seen a diabetic of either major type with my level of heart and artery health. Even asked if he could use my results, cleansed of PII in a diabetes outreach program he led.
Eight months later, three heart attacks cause me to walk into the ER where they had me in the OR in <10 minutes for 5 stents.
What happened? Statins happened. LDL was 72, my PCP tried pushing me below 50 per new guidelines. Massive nasty reaction, almost lost my kidneys to rhabdomyolysis. Clogged up my arteries, and the left anterior descending artery aka the “Widow Maker” was 98% closed.
So I’m a very loud opponent of statins, and the 50 LDL guideline.
Stay healthy my friend!