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cacret wrote:....... My biggest concern is that, in spite of my healthy diet, I continue to have high cholesterol (LDL 160).... find a local cardiologist ... who won't insist that I take statins. Does anyone know if they exist?
cacret wrote:Thanks for the posts. Your stories are very impressive!
I see a cardiologist because my family has a history of heart disease and I've always had high cholesterol.
I'm 62, 5'4", 130 lbs, and I wear a pedometer and make sure I walk 45 to 60 cardio minutes every day. My blood pressure is typically 100/70. Cholesterol is my only abnormal bloodwork and my ratios are good.
I've been avoiding meat and dairy products for almost 4 years, but I still occasionally use nuts, vegetable oils, and avocado. I'm going to stop all of them and see if that helps.
My issue with statins is that I didn't sleep well when I took them. I would wake up multiple times each night with tingling and numbness in my hands and feet. It disappeared when I stopped the statins.
f1jim wrote:It will be radically different for this doctor to have a patient that is improving, rather than sliding down that ramp to deaths door. You will be the patient he enjoys seeing walk through the door.