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I also agree with what JJ just said. You are only 18 years old and obviously in very good condition. You are in no apparent danger. You've got plenty of time on your side, and your whole life to live. Believe me, I remember what it was like when I was in my teens and twenties. I ate everything and anything that tasted good, and plenty of junk foods. My diet was not always the greatest. But you can make changes for the better. I did. I cut out a lot of the junk I had been eating (candy, cakes, cookies, etc), and began taking supplements, including niacin. Here's an example of how numbers can change with lifestyle changes alone.

In 1989 my numbers were as follows:


And now, take a look at my numbers from the years 1999 and 2002:

1999 (By far the best!)


2002 (Still very good)


Now, these changes came about without any medications. So you see, it can be done. I think your doctor is making a mistake by starting you on cholesterol lowering drugs at your age. Doctors can be such pessimists. Quite often their attitude is negative. They can intimidate patients with their doom and gloom attitude, and their belief that nothing except some drug is going to save you. Also keep in mind the fact that once you start taking a statin, your doctor is going to want you to continue to take it indefinitely, perhaps for the rest of your life. Is this really what you want to do? Do you have any other risk factors or health related issues that would make it imperative that you begin statin therapy at such a young age? Just remember, these drugs are not to be taken lightly. They are not aspirin. There is the potential for long term side effects, and you must always be tested on a regular basis to make sure that no liver or muscle damage is occurring, not to mention any number of other side effects which may possibly occur. Of course, this choice is entirely up to you. But as I said, I think your doctor is making a mistake. He's pushing the panic button when he really doesn't need to.

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