Quote from Vavip:JJ - I tried lots of stuff when I was on that 3 months of trying to lower the cholesterol naturally without pills. I ate oatmeal everyday, took 3 tablespoons of metamucill everyday for fiber, took cholest-off supplement, took garlic pills, took flaxseed in my oatmeal....... I really read up on it and worked hard to get it down but it only dropped 25 points. I will post my latest reading after I see the Doc in a few weeks. I don't remember my last ones right now. I wrote them down somewhere :confused: It seems the docotrs want you really low now on the reading. I heard on Good Morning America that if you can get to 100 (which sounds REALLY LOW) that they recommmend that now. :dizzy: We'll see what happens. I really think it had something to do when I hit 50 and the change of life too. Also my thyroid reading came back bad at that same time and I'm on synthroid too. Weird how it all happened at the same time. Like I said if I took HRT it may have helped but my mom died of a heart attack at 67 (had first at 57) and I was told not to take it.
OK, now I see why your dr. is trying to get it low, but still think these really low numbers are too low. JMHO Seeing your mom passed at an early age from heart disease, U have a family history of heart problems. I'm also very sorry to hear U lost her at such a young age.
Yes, U did alot to try and get your numbers down and it seemed like U were making some progress, but your right, the ole Thyroid will cause cholesterol problems also. They check mine alot, as it goes up and down, so far it is hovering on the edge, so I just pray it stays that way. Geez, isn't getting older a blast? NOT!! I will admit when I was on HRT I had very good HDL, and since going off it has droped, but I will discuss this with the dr. next month and see what she says.
I saw that numbers thing on GMA and I still think these guidelines are getting way too low for everything. Not alot of folks can stay within these guidelines for cholesterol, BP and glucose, so to me it is another way to shove us all on meds. for one thing or another. I think your 190 is a very good number and surprised they uped the dose to 20, as U don't want it too low, think that is as bad as too high.... :confused: Oh well, trying to talk to some of these drs. is like pulling teeth, so just watch for any unusual pains or anything U feel is out of the ordinary on the statins. Hopefully all will go well and the dr. will get off your case about lowering your numbers any more.
Take care and keep us posted how it is going.... :wave: