you had replied to (Jeannie on) my post about Lipitor alternatives (thank you, by the way) - you said that you had taken both Lipitor and Crestor, and that now you were trying to control your cholesterol with diet. Did you tell your doctor that you can't tolerate the statins, or are you doing the diet thing on your own? I'm curious, because I'm not sure how to tell my doctor that I just don't feel good/right about taking a statin (Lipitor). I'm afraid she'll drop me as a patient! (Isn't that crazy?) She is trying to convince me that my high cholesterol is hereditary, but not one single member of my family has it! I truly believe that it has to do with the drastic changes I've made (read: body is in a new "state of trauma", so to speak, because of the diabetes, brand new diet and exercise program, new meds, etc.). She doesn't think I'm going to drop dead from a heart attack in the next 10 years, so I can't understand why she doesn't let me continue with the weight loss, exercise, etc., let my body settle down, and test my cholesterol in another 6 months??? I've never seen a drug pushed so hard by doctors as Lipitor!!!
This whole cholesterol thing has me baffled...I'm on the Bernstein diet, I've lost 50 pounds in 5 months, I'm exercising regularly, and I'm probably in the best shape I've ever been in (thank you, type 2 diabetes, for the wake-up call). Is it better to go low-carb to control blood sugar, or low-fat to control cholesterol, because I sure can't find a diet that does both! It's a double-edge sword, that's for sure. Will you please let me know how the controlling cholesterol with diet goes? I feel very strongly about not taking a cholesterol med, and I'd love to hear alternative success stories. By the way, I totally agree with you - statins eat away at muscle, and the heart IS a very big muscle!!!
Thanks for listening (er, reading...),
Sidenote: There have to be more people out there like you and me who don't want to or can't take cholesterol meds...I wish they'd speak up and give us their stories.