Hey Griff, I know you've covered a lot of this stuff for everyone already, but I just got back from my doctor's office, and my wheels are spinning.
I'm on simvastatin (Zocor), and I really thought that I'd be getting off of it with this visit. I was all happy and pumped with the results from my last visit, but he deflated me, and I wimped out with my demand for reevaluation.
My total cholesterol was 147, HDL 51 (the first time it's ever measured above 39), triglycerides 70, and LDL 82. And all of this was pre-Primal, but fairly Paleo. That's with the simvastatin, but the first real improvement that I saw after a year or so on it. I think the bulk of the improvement was dietary and exercise driven.
There's a history of heart disease in my biological father's family that I just found out some details about. Many of them died young. My father is still alive, but he's had several heart attacks, the first one at 35. He's had 13 angioplasties (he's 59).
In light of this information, the doctor want's my LDL below 70. He scheduled me for a coronary calcium score (I think it's a CT scan) to see the degree of blockages in my arteries. He says that if my LDL is below 70, and that test looks okay, we'll talk about getting off of the statins.
My main concern is that now that I'm Primal, I'm eating a lot of coconut oil and significantly more fatty meat. I fear that my LDL may be higher.
My insurance doesn't cover VAP tests (though I may decide to fork out the money for one on my own eventually), what do you think my odds are of getting that LDL level lower? I'm fairly convinced that cholesterol shouldn't be a big concern for me now, but I'm trying to placate the doctor (not to mention my nagging RN mother) so that he'll let me dump these stupid statins.