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It is standard procedure that when on a statin, your liver enzymes should be monitored. For your own peace of mind, you could tell your doctor you want those checked before you try any medication (just about any cholesterol medication other then bile acid resins can impact the liver - fibrates, niacin, statins). You want a good baseline to go by - they may have done that with the last lipid panel, but check to be sure.

Then be sure to ask that liver enzymes are being checked each time you have blood drawn for a lipid panel (which you should have 60-90 days after starting a statin - that's more then ample time to see the drugs effects on lipids, and it will ensure that any liver enzyme elevation is picked up early).

And Finres certainly has a point about the specifics of your numbers. Are the really high (eg. LDL of 200 or something extreme)? What about dietary measures? I know diabetes and high cholesterol can be really challenging to deal with in terms of diet, but there are nutritionists who specialize in just that sort of thing (maybe ask your doc if you can get a referral to one in your area ?). Also, exercise - regular intense aerobic exercise can do a lot to lower LDL and especially to boost HDL.

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