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Firstly, heart disease runs rampant through both sides of my family. Strokes, heart attacks, high cholesterol etc are highly prevalent on both my mom's and dad's side.

Second, I'm not super-fit but neither am I a total blob. B/c of my family history I do watch what I eat, but do cut out certain foods. Not over weight, fairly active (snowboarding, swimmiing etc) Also, never any medical problems (no hospitalizations, surgery, stiches, etc.)

I recently went to my doctor just for a 'look-see' to see where I stand in regards to my cholesterol, b/c again I'm conscience of my family history. The results compeltely floored me.
Choles: 232
Trigly: 301
HDL: 47
LDL: 161

Pretty scary huh?

In short, my doctor has asked me to start taking 10mg of Crestor, and I have concerns. Am I too young to start taking statins? Where can I find out more information in regards to those in their 20's and 30's who are taking statins?

Obviously, the 'typical' concerns are there, in regards to side effects, but I'm really just wondering if its that common for people my age to be on such medications. I also assume I will be on these drugs for the rest of my life. And I will now need to really start watching my diet.

Any comments will be greatly appreciated, and thanks for taking the time to read this.

- Chris
[QUOTE=THEM]Firstly, heart disease runs rampant through both sides of my family. Strokes, heart attacks, high cholesterol etc are highly prevalent on both my mom's and dad's side.

Second, I'm not super-fit but neither am I a total blob. B/c of my family history I do watch what I eat, but do cut out certain foods. Not over weight, fairly active (snowboarding, swimmiing etc) Also, never any medical problems (no hospitalizations, surgery, stiches, etc.)

I recently went to my doctor just for a 'look-see' to see where I stand in regards to my cholesterol, b/c again I'm conscience of my family history. The results compeltely floored me.
Choles: 232
Trigly: 301
HDL: 47
LDL: 161

Pretty scary huh?

In short, my doctor has asked me to start taking 10mg of Crestor, and I have concerns. Am I too young to start taking statins? Where can I find out more information in regards to those in their 20's and 30's who are taking statins?

Obviously, the 'typical' concerns are there, in regards to side effects, but I'm really just wondering if its that common for people my age to be on such medications. I also assume I will be on these drugs for the rest of my life. And I will now need to really start watching my diet.

Any comments will be greatly appreciated, and thanks for taking the time to read this.

- Chris[/QUOTE]

Your family history is certainly a red flag, but your #'s aren't that *scary*. However, given the FAMILY HISTORY, you should have LDL BELOW 100..if you can't do that with diet (low saturated fat diet and high fiber) within 6 months, then you should take the statin. (See my recent post on the thread "How long Crestor"). Your TRIGS are way too high as well, they need to be closer to 100. Try high quality FISH OIL daily and eat less starchy foods to get that lower.

Good Luck!
[QUOTE=THEM]Firstly, heart disease runs rampant through both sides of my family. Strokes, heart attacks, high cholesterol etc are highly prevalent on both my mom's and dad's side.

Second, I'm not super-fit but neither am I a total blob. B/c of my family history I do watch what I eat, but do cut out certain foods. Not over weight, fairly active (snowboarding, swimmiing etc).

I recently went to my doctor just for a 'look-see' to see where I stand in regards to my cholesterol, b/c again I'm conscience of my family history. The results compeltely floored me.
Choles: 232
Trigly: 301
HDL: 47
LDL: 161

Pretty scary huh?[/QUOTE]It's not really that bad, except for your high triglycerides, assuming that number is correct (Zip already pointed out that your lipid numbers don't add up correctly).

Was your lipid test done after an 8+ hour fast? If not, that might explain why your triglycerides are so high.

Lipid ratios have been shown to be much better indicators of heart disease risk than just a single parameter. Of particular interest is the triglyceride/HDL ratio which has been shown to be ~16 times better at predicting heart disease that total cholesterol alone. A ratio of 5.0 is considered "average" risk, with the lower the number, the lower the risk and the higher the number the higher the risk. A ratio of 2.0 or less is considered to be very low risk. Your ratio from the numbers presented is 301/47 or 6.4 which is above "average" risk. Another thing is that high triglycerides are strongly associated with the more harmful LDL pattern B rather than the benign LDL pattern A. Two obvious things you can do to improve your situation are to lower your triglycerides and raise your HDL. It is your triglyceride number that is the most out-of-whack though. I would focus on that first.

That high of a triglyceride level tells me that you are consuming too many carbohydrates, in particular sugars and easily digested starches which quickly convert to sugar in the digestive system. Another cause for elevated triglcyerides, especially in males, is fructose. Probably the biggest source of fructose in the diet is from regular soft drinks which are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. This same sweetener is found in many processed foods as well. I would advise you to stop the regular soft drinks and other sugar sweetened drinks if you are consuming them. Even excess amounts of fruit juice should be avoided.

[QUOTE=THEM]In short, my doctor has asked me to start taking 10mg of Crestor, and I have concerns. Am I too young to start taking statins? ...I also assume I will be on these drugs for the rest of my life. And I will now need to really start watching my diet.[/QUOTE]Did your doctor not advise you to try diet modification first? I would at least give that a shot for a minimum of 6 months before going on any type of medication to see if you can get improvement in your lipid numbers. Once you go on medication and do nothing else to improve your situation, you are pretty much stuck with the medication for the rest of your life since the meds do not correct the root cause of the problem.

And by diet modification, I mean elimination or severe restriction of sugar, refined carbohydrates, processed foods in general, and junk (soft drinks, candy, cookies, donuts, chips, fast food french fries, etc.). Eat whole natural foods as often as possible. This includes fiberous vegetables of all sorts as well as meats, fish, and eggs since it is not the saturated fat and and dietary cholesterol that is adversely affecting your lipid levels. Also, keep an eye out for partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, which are loaded with harmful trans fats, and avoid if at all possible.

My guess is that with a little research on your part and improvement in your diet as discussed above, you can significantly improve your health situation without going on medication.

Alan
A lot of people have high cholesteraol these days. I think I read that 25% of adults have a number considered high risk.

You might get the numbers down with only diet, but you indicated it runs in the family and genetically high cholesterol is hard to beat without medication.

Statins are pretty low risk. You should not be worried about 28 being too young for this kind of treatment.

A static or combo drug like Vytorin will probably cut those numbers in half. Most people (including myself) don't have any side affects from these kinds of medications.
Phil58,
I'm not sure if you read the entire thread, but High Cholesterol runs in my family. My cousin who is in the military on active duty, who is the same age as me, who is very fit, and eats well, also has high cholesterol.

It seems to me that I can't 'hide' from this.

I appreciate your post, but besides 'general' side effects are there any studies with statins that focus on younger people (i.e. < 40 years old)? I understand that side effects may happen, but when you say "too young" - what study shows that?
[QUOTE=THEM]Phil58,
I'm not sure if you read the entire thread, but [B][COLOR=Red]High Cholesterol runs in my family.[/COLOR][/B] My cousin who is in the military on active duty, who is the same age as me, who is very fit, and eats well, also has high cholesterol.

It seems to me that I can't 'hide' from this.

I appreciate your post, but besides 'general' side effects are there any studies with statins that focus on younger people (i.e. < 40 years old)? I understand that side effects may happen, but when you say "too young" - what study shows that?[/QUOTE]

I'm not sure if you provided this info already, but this is an important question:

Does your mother and/or father have ANY form of heart disease (if so, how old when diagnosed)? If they do, then you're most certainly at risk and getting your LDL down below 100 is a must.





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