What do you do if you genetically make too much cholesterol? My endrocrinologist wants me to take a low dose of statins since I am type 2 diabetic -I am not overweight - I have not responded to diet and exercise. My cholesterol levels are still very elevated 270 to 280 with high (170s LDL) and decent HDL 60s. He says if I wasnt diabetic he wouldnt be as concerned with stroke etc. My father (who also was type 2 diabetic and never overweight) started having strokes in his 40's and died at an early age of 64. I take after him in regard to my health profile. I don't want to have strokes and dementia - I also know that lowering cholesterol too much can actually make dementia worse (our brains need fat).
Anyone have any suggestions? Thank you!