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Does Anyone Refuse To Take A Statin And Do You Have High Cholesterol

Does Anyone Refuse To Take A Statin And Do You Have High Cholesterol

A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

I have had reactions to all statins, muscle pain, shortness of breathe, unclear thinking, have tried many different type, all with some sort of reaction. Tried repatha with flu like systems that set me back. I have been on a strict diet that set my weight so low I was skin and bones and still had high cholesterol. This has been going on since I was 28 before statins came out and I was told to eat carbs instead of meat. I am now about to turn 86 and have not taken statins for several years. If they worked and let me have normal reactions I would take them. However sometime ago I thought my quality of life was important to me.
Good luck to those who have genetic cholesterol problems!!

posted about 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

I have tried many statins over many years, had terrible reactions, I have over the limit good cholesterol, and high bad as well. Have tried very strict diet control till I will so thin I looked ill and still had high numbers. I had a heart attach while taking statins, and have had a aortic valve replaced. No more statins and everything I eat is in moderation. I have lived with all this since I was 30 and an now 83, so I want to live what life I have without all the medication side effects.

posted over 4 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

Lowered my cholesterol by diet. Never took statins and never will!

posted over 4 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

after my heart attack the hospital cardiologist insisted I take it for 1 yr ( preferably permanently. i took it for 1 year only. i look at my ratios of hdl :ldl. when I see the m decreasing I start to add further suplementation to my diet to increase the hdl. ( with all the mounting research that i have read. i refuse to take any statins.

posted over 1 year ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

Cholesterol is not really the problem, but inflammation is. Sugar and starch foods cause inflammation. Insulin spikes causes inflammation. So glad tge diet is working.

posted over 4 years ago
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