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Last year my total cholesterol was 234. This year my total cholesterol is 249. Last year my LDL cholesterol was 155 this year it went up to 177. I don't really want to take cholesterol medicine. I am only 42. I would rather control it with my diet. Any suggestions?
Thanks for all of the great suggestions. I like the book idea. My mom has high cholesterol also. I am going to tell her about the books. I have a sister-in-law who eats only natural things. She said eating a vegetarian diet would help my mom and me. It's hard for me because I have a husband and 3 kids. They won't eat that stuff. I would have to make 2 seperate meals. I eat all natural at breakfast and lunch. I am going to give it one more hard try before I start to take medicine. I have an information packet on Vytorin that I haven't looked at yet. I should probably also have a test to see if my arteries are blocked. What is the Framington Risk Assessment? Is it when you divide the Total Cholesterol by the HDLs? It looks like this Total Cholesterol / HDL. Mine would be 249 / 51 = 4.88. My mom said under 5 is OK. But I am close. I have never smoked. I am not overweight. And my waist measurement is under 35. I am more of a couch potato than an athlete. My job is not stressful. So I have all that going for me. My family history is not good. My mom's parents both died at the age of 68. My grandfather had a massive heart attack. My grandmother had a heart attack and complications from Diabetes. My mom is 68. She must be really scared right now. She is the youngest of 4 children. Her oldest brother is 85 he is still living. Her next brother is 80 years old, he is still living. Her sister just passed away in Sept. of 2005. She had acute lukemia. She died 6 wks after she was diagnosed. Wow, I really went on and on didn't I? I have one question....What is a statin? Thanks again!

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