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High Cholesterol Message Board

High Cholesterol Board Index

I am 51 year old female, type 2 diabetic, and have been really lax about watching what i eat. I went for my dr appointment with my endo, and he had ran a fasting cholesterol test. These are my numbers:

Cholesterol 194
Triglyceride 81
LDL 47
HDL 131
Risk Factor 4.13

Ok now for the question. He put me on 20 mg of Lipitor. The things I have read about it scares me. I have questioned some people i work with, and get varied opinions about the drug. Some good and some bad.
What is the opinions of this board. Should I wait on the Lipitor and just try with diet and exercise. I am taking so much for my diabetes, and thyroid, i hate to add another med. It has kind of scared me into trying to watch what i eat. Also, another question. Which of the above numbers is considered the "total cholesterol"? I have read that term and am not familiar with which one it is.

Meds I am taking are ACtos, Glucovance, Lantus Insulin, BP meds and thyroid med. Please help. Thanks, Pat

Also I heard about fish oil tablets. How about them, and do they adversly affect your blood sugar levels?

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