I've been on the McDougall/Esselstyn diet for a couple of months now, and just got my lipids tested. I've been on statins for at least ten years, due to crummy lipids and really bad cardio history on my father's side, but no signs of blockage (I stopped the statins for non-medical reasons about 5 months ago). Will turn 50 this year. I've started exercising 40m 4 days per week @ 130bpm, have lost 20 lbs these last 2 months, down to BMI of 19.7.
Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian McDougall for
w/ Simvastatin 2 months, no drugs
Total Cholesterol 151 160
HDL 30 27
LDL 82 107
TC/HDL Ratio 5.0 5.88
Triglycerides 194 128
My cardiologist wants me on 40mg Lipitor, but I'm reluctant to throw in the towel just yet on drugs (diet is for life, so no question there). I want to get under 150 TC to become 'heart-attack proof', as per Esselstyn.
So, have I given the diet long enough? Maybe my numbers are still in flux? I haven't been 100% perfect in my diet. A very small amount of oil probably crept into maybe one otherwise-McDougall-compliant meal out per week. Probably eating more fresh fruit than I should. Could those transgressions make a significant difference?
Any thoughts or advice are definitely appreciated.