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Afraid to stop taking Crestor

Answered on February 07, 2014
Created October 08, 2013 at 7:50 PM

I have a family history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My mother died at 47 from heart attack and her father at 56 from the same. Neither were overweight at all and neither smoked. Living in the south we do tend to eat high in fat. Everything that can be fried is fried and butter and bacon are a staple in the diet. Bacon grease was even used for cooking. I am not overweight but my blood pressure was at 198/100. I began a diet of no fats and felt like all I was eating was cardboard and grass. Still my cholesterol went unchanged, neither diet or exercise was helping. The doctors were most concerned about my high

hs-CRP (High-sensitivity C-reactive protein). Normal is 1.0 and mine was 8.0. After being put on Crestor (20 mg) and Diovan for blood pressure (320 mg), all my blood work is now normal including my hs-CRP.

The cardiologist said that my high cholesterol was from genetics and not from food. He even said I could now eat a diet with fat in it rather than the low fat diet I was on since he said most of my cholesterol is being made in my body and is not really coming from my diet.

I just began a paleo diet but am afraid to stop taking either my blood pressure medication or my Crestor. Such a high hs-CRP puts me in a high risk for heart attack. The Crestor has lowered it to normal and now my arteries are not inflamed. I want to jump right into Paleo as I do believe it is the healthy way to eat but am worried that because of my genetics/hereditary makeup, that maybe my body just can't handle too much cholesterol. I am a 62 yr. old woman who has outlived my mother's age of death by 15 years. My blood work has always been terrible until I started the Crestor and I am scared to give it up.

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on October 10, 2013
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Those are great links. I will definitely try magnesium for the hs-CRP. Even though I don't have diabetes, it also runs in my family on my father's side. My primary care physician put me on Niaspan for the cholesterol. It helped somewhat but did nothing for the hs-CRP. So he sent me to the cardiologist as he was concerned about the high hs-CRP. The cardiologist took me off Niaspan and put me on Crestor and the hs-CRP is now at 2 rather than 8. I know statins also can predispose you to Type 2 Diabetes and I certainly don't want that since it runs in the family.

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on October 10, 2013
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I didn't have a genetic test but the fact that my mom and her dad died young from what was then called hardening of the arteries, the cardiologist seems to think my problem is genetic. H As i mentioned before, he even said that I didn't need to watch my fat or cholesterol intake as my own body was manufacturing the high cholesterol.

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on February 07, 2014
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on October 12, 2013
at 05:29 PM

Dr Sinatra and Dr Bowden wrote a book called The Cholesterol Myth. Heard them on radio, Peoples Pharmacy, and he has some great insight on this debate. Might be worth a read

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on October 12, 2013
at 05:01 PM

Dont take medical advice from this page. That is not what it is for. Everybodys' body is different. Find a health care provider you [email protected]

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on October 09, 2013
at 09:01 PM

I have no medical advice, but were I in that situation, I would supplement with magnesium glycinate to correct the hs-CRP.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00394-007-0655-x

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/28/6/1438.short

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07315724.2005.10719461#.UlXEQ1OapK0

There's a chance it would correct the dyslipidemia as well

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8054260

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on October 10, 2013
at 02:36 AM

Those are great links. I will definitely try magnesium for the hs-CRP. Even though I don't have diabetes, it also runs in my family on my father's side. My primary care physician put me on Niaspan for the cholesterol. It helped somewhat but did nothing for the hs-CRP. So he sent me to the cardiologist as he was concerned about the high hs-CRP. The cardiologist took me off Niaspan and put me on Crestor and the hs-CRP is now at 2 rather than 8. I know statins also can predispose you to Type 2 Diabetes and I certainly don't want that since it runs in the family.

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on October 09, 2013
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There is a genetic test to see if you have familial hypercholesterolemia. It's expensive, but it would be good to know.

You may be one of the few who does get benefit from statin. I'd be reluctant to stop it if it really is responsible for your drop in CRP, which is a huge risk factor.

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on October 10, 2013
at 02:26 AM

I didn't have a genetic test but the fact that my mom and her dad died young from what was then called hardening of the arteries, the cardiologist seems to think my problem is genetic. H As i mentioned before, he even said that I didn't need to watch my fat or cholesterol intake as my own body was manufacturing the high cholesterol.

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on October 08, 2013
at 08:03 PM

You can do a lot of reading on the subject, written by many MD's PHD's, etc. That will give you a better understanding then what I or most other posters can do here. I think a Paleo diet can help you and as you feel better hopefully you can wean yourself (consult MD for changes in your #s) off the meds. Your cardiologist seems to be on the ball and not following the party line of sat fat and cholesterol are to blame. Give Paleo some time to help you, you put in 62 years of bad eating, 6 months of good might get you on the right path.

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