Yep one of the other items found at last doctors appointment was High Cholesterol. I had this many years ago as well and back then was put on Lipitor for a while but then taken off I think because of some liver tests. This time around my total was 239, HDL 45, LDL 173. Didnt get the Triglycerides results (make sure I get those next time).
According to WebMD your levels should fall in these ranges
|Less than 200||Desirable|
|200 – 239||Borderline High|
|240 and above||High|
|LDL Cholesterol||LDL-Cholesterol Category|
|Less than 100||Optimal|
|100 – 129||Near optimal/above optimal|
|130 – 159||Borderline high|
|160 – 189||High|
|190 and above||Very high|
|HDL Cholesterol||HDL-Cholesterol Category|
|60 and above||High; Optimal; helps to lower risk of heart disease|
|Less than 40 in men and less than 50 in women||Low; considered a risk factor for heart disease|
Of course the doctor put me on Statins, Simvastatin. Otherwise known as Zocor. I went ahead and went along with it. As mentioned in previous posts earlier on I was getting the shortness of breath in the morning and muscle weakness and I was thinking it was residual anxiety (this was the second week on lexapro) and then last week in the evening’s I was have a big spike in this where it was hard to breath as well as bad headaches. Again I have been doing lots of reading on these conditions and the meds I was taking and saw that with this statin muscle weakness (and pain) as well as headaches was a side effect, with the shortness of breath sometimes. Also found out long term effects were not desirable either. Those headaches and breathless spikes were about an hour after takeing the statin as well (also toke the ppi at same time but its a process of elimination) So sunday night was my last one and Im going to try and lower the numbers naturally through diet, exercise and if needed some supplements. Only been a couple days but since have not had the evening spikes or headaches. Still have the morning shortness a little but have read that it can take 3-4 days for the statin to completely get out of your system, and it could be something else but still want to be off this.
I will go more into how Im doing it in other posts but the big change is going to be diet, going mainly plant based and quickening the pace to all whole foods. My biggest cure ball will be giving up (or at least severely decreasing) cheese. I love cheese 🙂
Doing alot of reading I’ve decided my goals are to get my total number below 150 and my LDL below 80, would also like to see my HDL above 60. I go into the doctors today but since I had the last test with them 4 weeks ago I may not get another, but I will find a place where I can go in myself and get tested once a month and will let you know my progress. With today’s diets I would get tested at least once a year, you are never to young for high cholesterol. When I had my first high results (higher then now) I was 35. There are now symptoms of high cholesterol and with out testing you’ll never know until your first heart attack, and that could be to late.