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My doctor wants me on a statin & my cholesterol #'s

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 17, 2012 at 2:01 AM

I've been primal for 13 months now, and in that time I've had my cholesterol checked twice. I am 6'2 and 192 pounds. When I started primal, I was 235 pounds. My blood pressure went from being routinely in the 140/90 range a year ago to 110/70 range now. I feel great, and take no medications. I feel healthier than I have in many years. I've read a lot in here, marksdailyapple, I've read Good Calories, Bad Calories, and I've seen Fat Head. I don't feel ignorant on this subject, but I thought I'd share and get some other people's opinions. Here are my cholesterol results:

The 1st time it was this (02/17/2012): CHOL 258 TRIG 86 HDL 36 LDL CALC 205 CHOL/HDL 7.2

The 2nd time was this (10/15/2012): CHOL 258 TRIG 81 HDL 54 LDL CALC 188 LDL (Direct) 180 CHOL/HDL 4.8 ALT 20

The 2nd test I asked for a direct measurement of my LDL. They also did a liver test (last number on the 2nd test, ALT).

I have a few questions though: 1. How in the world did I get he exact same total number both times? Just odd... 2. I'm not worried at all about my numbers. I'm glad to see my HDL went up. Is there any reason to be concerned? Cause from all the research I've done, I think I'm fine. 3. My doctor is now emailing me wanting to put me on a staton. How should I respond to him?

Thank you for your replies!

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on October 26, 2012
at 12:48 AM

Niacin seems fine. It is, after all, just a B vitamin. but to be honest, I think he's just trying to cover his ass legally. There are plenty of more bioavailable sources of Niacin. What are they? Every meat ever. Especially liver and fish, but also bacon. I'm sure the niacin probably won't hurt, but it seems rather unnecessary as long as you're eating your meats.

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on October 17, 2012
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So I emailed my doctor back, telling him I have no interest in being on a statin, now he is asking if I'd be willing to take a slow release Niacin. Thoughts?

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on October 17, 2012
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I don't care what your numbers are. You should tell him exactly where he can put his statins. They are not beneficial in any way.

If you're looking to get your LDL down, I have read into it a little and there seems to be an importance to get enough choline and copper, which reduce damage in the bloodstream and therefor reduce need for LDL cholesterol. Major sources of these 2 things? Liver (all types) and egg yolks. Maybe consider increasing consumption of liver.

55e9ff265dd970ad34e96e38bde46575

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on October 17, 2012
at 07:37 PM

So I emailed my doctor back, telling him I have no interest in being on a statin, now he is asking if I'd be willing to take a slow release Niacin. Thoughts?

20cc903ebccaeb1e652da3a596e8dfb4

(1038)

on October 26, 2012
at 12:48 AM

Niacin seems fine. It is, after all, just a B vitamin. but to be honest, I think he's just trying to cover his ass legally. There are plenty of more bioavailable sources of Niacin. What are they? Every meat ever. Especially liver and fish, but also bacon. I'm sure the niacin probably won't hurt, but it seems rather unnecessary as long as you're eating your meats.

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on October 17, 2012
at 02:22 AM

your blood work has you moving in the right direction obviously; why does your doctor want to put you on a statin now that you are showing progress rather than before when you numbers were much worse? your total:HDL ratio has dropped dramatically and although it needs to get a bit a lower, that seems totally possible with diet based on your results thus far.

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