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Have been carrying extra weight around for quite a while, along with high cholesterol, so last fall I tackled the problem. I joined Weight Watchers and Curves and started walking. I have taken off 45 pounds (gone from 185 to 140, five more pounds to my goal!!). I'm 48 year old female, 5'1". I go to Curves 3 times per week and two days per week I take a brisk 45 minute walk outside.

So, I figured, this must be doing something good for my cholesterol, right? WRONG. My recent fasting test revealed that my total cholesterol had gone from 240 to 253, my good cholesterol is up, so is my bad, and my triglycerides are very goo.

This same thing happened to my sister, and they concluded with her that she must have a body that manufactures the stuff all on it's own. I'm guessing that's what's going on here, too. Am seeing the doctor Thursday and ain't leaving without a statin script.

What are the differences among them? I know Lipitor's the big one, but also have heard of Pravachol and others. Would appreciate any info you all may have, and thanks in advance for that.
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Have been carrying extra weight around for quite a while, along with high cholesterol, so last fall I tackled the problem. I joined Weight Watchers and Curves and started walking. I have taken off 45 pounds (gone from 185 to 140, five more pounds to my goal!!). I'm 48 year old female, 5'1". I go to Curves 3 times per week and two days per week I take a brisk 45 minute walk outside.

So, I figured, this must be doing something good for my cholesterol, right? WRONG. My recent fasting test revealed that my total cholesterol had gone from 240 to 253, my good cholesterol is up, so is my bad, and my triglycerides are very goo.

This same thing happened to my sister, and they concluded with her that she must have a body that manufactures the stuff all on it's own. I'm guessing that's what's going on here, too. Am seeing the doctor Thursday and ain't leaving without a statin script.

What are the differences among them? I know Lipitor's the big one, but also have heard of Pravachol and others. Would appreciate any info you all may have, and thanks in advance for that.


You may not need any drug treatment at all. What was your LDL(bad)? If your HDL (good) was around 55 and your TRIG was good, then your LDL should be around 175. If you have NO OTHER RISK FACTORS, then your LDL should be under 160 according to the guidelines (see my recent post on the "Crestor Risk Calculator"). That's easily attainable by lowering your Total a small amount without a statin.

Having said that. my situation is similar to yours (no drug treatment should be required) and I just went on Crestor ;) . I like Crestor because you can take a VERY LOW DOSE (5mg) and see a 40% drop in your LDL (30% in Total). Most Dr's want to start you out with 10mg, because 5mg is not available(?). If the Dr agrees to try Crestor, ask him if you can start off with 5 mg..... just split the 10's, they split easily with a pill splitter. If he tells you to start with 10, I would still try the 5's first...just my 2 cents worth.