I've been battling high cholestrol for years. When I started medication my total was 300. I take 40mg a day.
Today I got results and I'm down to 187. However, my LDL (Bad) is 120. They keep telling me I need to get it below 100. I don't want to go to 80mg, because 40mg damaged my mother's liver and I feel like it's too dangerous.
My question: If my total is 187 how worried should I be with my LDL?
Yes, there is heart disease in my family: father mild heart attack with six stents, mother small blockages (too small and untreatable).
There is diabeties in my family: mother and sister
I've had a heart scan a couple of years ago. They said slight enlargement in left ventrical, but no damage or reduced function. Later this was found out due to sleep apnea.
I do have hypothyroidism which can affect my cholesterol levels from what I've read. I am obese (100 lbs over). I've been trying to loose the weight, but I'm having very little success.