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    Hi all,

    I recently had my first physical in 10 years and all things considered, most everything came back good except my cholesterol levels. FBG was 80, BP 180/78.

    CHOLESTEROL though was high.

    Total: 309
    LDL: 238
    HDL: 46
    Trig: 138

    Obviously, I have some things to work on. My primary concerns are:

    1) I have no data to compare this against. My last blood work was 10 years ago, and I've been doing Primal for about 8 months. For all I know my levels were higher and plummeted, or stayed the same, or shot up. I just feel like a greater sample size is needed to determine what's going on.

    2) Doctor prescribed a statin. My understanding is that they're generally considered safe by the medical community and family members of mine taking them. That said, there are significant risks and side effects and if it is going to be a life long commitment to taking them, I don't want to be on a drug for the next 50+ years of my life.

    3) I don't exercise currently. I have improved my eating, but there are still additional adjustments I could make to be healthier. I feel like there are too many unexplored safer alternatives to justify jumping to medication.

    4) My numbers may be significantly high enough that diet/exercise won't cut it.

    I plan to ask my doctor to give me about 6 months to make life style changes to address the problem before I submit to medication.

    I have been reading Mark's blog about cholesterol, and it is reassuring, although I fear my doctor won't buy it.

    Does anyone have good experiences with this diet and bringing cholesterol under control? Am I pipe dreaming here to think I can do this without medicine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenUSA View Post
    2) Doctor prescribed a statin. My understanding is that they're generally considered safe by the medical community and family members of mine taking them. That said, there are significant risks and side effects and if it is going to be a life long commitment to taking them, I don't want to be on a drug for the next 50+ years of my life.
    Any doctor who thinks statins are "safe" is not up on the research. They are neither safe nor effective.

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    I agree with you. I feel like the side effects, however uncommon, are severe enough that justify looking for another way.

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    There is no question that statins are wildly overused in people who there is no evidence will benefit from them, however these numbers could indicate an unusual danger which may or may not make a statin a more reasonable choice for you. There is no way to know without a more specific test called a VAP. I would request a VAP or if you are allowed to make your own specialist appointments, see if you can find a good endocrinologist to do the VAP and advise you. In my opinion you are in a situation now where you simply do not have enough information to make a good choice.
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    Are you overweight? Exercise would definitely help. I wouldn't put too much importance on one single blood test. I also wouldn't put too much importance on keeping your cholesterol below some magic number.

    read this:
    How to Read a Cholesterol Test | Mark's Daily Apple

    P.S. Did your doctor reach for his prescription pad before suggesting other non-pharmaceutical interventions?

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    The prescription was the first treatment option.

    I have been working on losing weight. On Primal, I've gone from 220 to about 174. I'm not sure if weight loss can affect my blood test, but I've read it can have some impact.

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    Your B/P is borderline high also. You don't have to ask your Doctor to wait 6 months, it's your body do as you want. Like you said, you need more info. The VAP profile is a good suggestion. Commit to the primal/paleo lifestyle. I call it a lifestyle because a "Diet" is temporary. Also commit to an exercise regimen. Starting Strength, Westside Barbell, You are your own gym, and Convict Conditioning are all good. There is a good program on this site also. After 6 months to a year, have yourself tested again.
    I don't know what your age and risk factors are, so take those into consideration before following mine or anyone elses advice. Ultimately you know your own condition best.

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    And yes, losing weight can influence your lipid profile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenUSA View Post
    Hi all,

    I recently had my first physical in 10 years and all things considered, most everything came back good except my cholesterol levels. FBG was 80, BP 180/78.
    Is that BP reading a typo? If not 180/78 may not seem so bad because diastolic pressure is normal, but 180 systolic is quite high, and combined is called isolated systolic hypertension and you best get that checked out further to make sure you don't have an underlying heart problem. C-reactive protein should also be tested.
    Last edited by Rory; 06-27-2013 at 07:18 AM.

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