Bet you never thought that a discussion about cholesterol would be so controversial, huh?
Because diabetes is a disease that not only increases glucose levels in the blood it does a myriad of other things to the body. Studies have shown that there are organic changes in the blood vessels, nerves, heart muscle and kidneys. ALL of these changes can contribute to death from heart attack or stroke as well as elevated blood pressure, kidney disease and all the other stuff to which diabetics are prone.
It is in your doctor's best interest to keep you alive and healthy. He/she is correct to want to prescribe meds for cholesterol. Statins are one of the most wonderful drugs discovered in recent years to help prevent HUGE problems for diabetics and others with cholesterol/high blood pressure problems. I only wish I could afford my Lipitor! I am using a first generation statin that has gone generic but it's not as good as Lipitor.
While you are trying to lower your cholesterol numbers on your own the plaque that causes heart attacks, strokes and dementia are building up in your arteries. Medications have been shown to slow this buildup and in some cases stop the plaque deposits all together. Me, I'm all about what works, has been studied, proven in double blind studies, has history and is reliable. Your doctor went to school for a long time to learn how to help you stay healthy. Offering a cholesterol lowering med is not out of line. And while you take the med there are things you can do such as cook with olive oil or canola oil. I like to put ranch dressing and olive oil on my salads, for example. These monounsaturated fats have been found to actually be absorbed and utilized by the body before the meat and dairy (saturated) fats in the gut.
As far as food plan goes I have increased my use of avocados, olives, peanut butter and olive oil because they are full of the good monounsaturated fats our body's need. Fats slow the absorption rate of starches in the GI tract and so are useful in preventing high blood glucose spikes. I purchase 90% lean ground beef for burgers, eat fish (at least once a week), limit my bacon/sausage intake to one piece, and generally try to stay within my low carb guidelines. Studies have shown that increased carbohydrate consumption along with saturated fats (think cheeseburger on a bun with fries) actually raises cholesterol levels more than the meat and cheese alone.
And a word about Selmer's suggestion about Dr. Ornish's food plan. This is a highly controversial food plan and in some studies has been shown to increase risks for diabetes in some individuals. I do not know why he is so adamant about you reading the book but get it at the library, don't buy it. Because it is a vegan diet many people have difficulty following it. Eating with family and friends fulfills a social need and sometimes extreme food plans can make one feel lonely and depressed.
I'd buy an inexpensive meter, test two hours after one meal each day, start a food journal so you know what makes your sugar rise, get some exercise and take the medication your doctor has offered. Better to keep those arteries clear and not have a stroke... Sitting in a chair unable to do for myself is one of my worst fears. Living long isn't the best thing, living well is, for me at least.
Moderator for Fibromyalgia and Diabetes