My Cholesterol is 243, do I have to take Lipitor or can I exercise to bring it down?
I don't want to take Lipitor because I heard it damages your kidneys.
Posted 0 sec ago in Other by mksaaf


Eating foods that are lower in saturated fats should lower your cholesterol level. I take atorvastatin ( I think it's known as lipitor), I've been on them for quite a few years and my kidneys are fine. I'm a type 1 diabetic.
Your doctor will do the monitoring to make sure that any damage doesn't occur. In the meantime, you should take the medication WHILE working on an exercise program plus more healthy eating to bring these numbers down. As they come down, then you can work with your doctor on reducing your dosage of Lipitor and maybe even getting back off of it if you have lost weight, continue eating a healthy diet and continue exercising. In the meantime, take the medication because lowering your cholesterol will lower your risk factors for early heart attack or stroke.
Do not take Lipitor!
You agree with me!! I took some of that junk for a while and it did not do anything to lower my cholesterol. That was about 10 years worth of emptying my wallet. So I quit taking it and my cholesterol hasn't moved either way in 5 years either. So I think it doesn't work.NO! You do not have to take any medication that MAY work, MAY protect the liver, MAY kill the kidneys!! You do have the right to refuse to take it. For some of us that is a very important issue!! I don't think anything is useful if it doesn't show any evidence of working. And that junk doesn't!
Doctors rush to put patients on cholesterol medication when they see high total cholesterol, but high total cholesterol doesn't mean that LDL (known as the "bad" cholesterol) is high or HDL ("good" cholesterol) is low. What's more, not all types of LDL are bad. An important measure of heart health is triglycerides, and they often get ignored. Even though side effects from cholesterol medications aren't extremely common, they're common enough that I would try to use diet and exercise to naturally lower my cholesterol first.My cholesterol was 180 a few years ago. My HDL was painfully low and my LDL was slightly elevated. I started a low-carbohydrate diet, cutting out sugar, grains, and other starches in the process. I ate a lot of saturated fat and walked a couple miles every day. As of my last lab, my total cholesterol was 135, my LDL was 81, my HDL was 42, and my triglycerides were 70. Exercise helps HDL and restricting carbs helps triglycerides. There's some controversy on what helps LDL - some say limiting saturated and trans fats, but that's just not my experience.
Exercise will help but what you need to do is concentrate on what your eating, also take fish oil omega 3 it will also help bring that down. Alternative Treatments for High CholesterolThere are alternative treatments for lowering cholesterol naturally. But before you add any supplement or alternative therapy to your diet, talk to your doctor. Some supplements may interact with other medication you may be taking or have dangerous side effects.Supplements for Lowering CholesterolSome of the herbal and nutritional supplements said to lower cholesterol include:Garlic: According to some studies, garlic may decrease blood levels of total cholesterol by a few percentage points. Other studies, however, suggest that it may not be as beneficial as once thought. It may also have significant side effects and/or interactions with certain medications. Garlic may prolong bleeding and blood clotting time, so garlic and garlic supplements should not be consumed prior to surgery and should not be taken with blood-thinning drugs such as Coumadin (warfarin).Guggulipid: Guggulipid is the gum resin of the mukul myrrh tree. In clinical studies performed in India, guggulipid significantly reduced blood levels of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. The enthusiasm for using guggulipid as a cholesterol-lowering herbal agent, however, diminished after the publication of negative results from a clinical trial in the U.S. Further research is necessary to determine the safety and efficacy of this herb.Red Yeast Rice: Red yeast rice has been found to lower cholesterol in studies and was previously found in the over-the-counter supplement Cholestin. However, in 2001, FDA took Cholestin off the shelf because it contained lovastatin, a compound found in the cholesterol prescription medication Mevacor. Reformulated "Cholestin" no longer contains red yeast rice. Other red yeast rice-containing supplements currently available in U.S. contain very small amounts of lovastatin. Their effectiveness is questionable.Policosanol: Produced from sugar cane, policosanol was found to be effective in lowering LDL cholesterol in several trials. Most policosanol supplements found in the U.S., including the reformulated Cholestin, contain policosanol extracted from beeswax and not the sugar cane policosanol. There is no evidence that policosanol extracted from beeswax can lower cholesterol. Additional studies on sugar cane policosanol are needed to determine its effectiveness in lowering cholesterol.Other herbal products: The results of several studies suggest fenugreek seeds and leaves, artichoke leaf extract, yarrow, and holy basil all may help lower cholesterol. These and other commonly used herbs and spices -- including ginger, turmeric, and rosemary -- are being investigated for their potential beneficial effects relating to coronary disease prevention
Actually, it is the liver it can possibly damage (but only possibly).You need more than exercise to bring it down. It would take diet changes to really make a difference. I'd try the diet and exercise for about 2 or 3 months and be retested; if your cholesterol is not under 200, you need Lipitor or another medication.I have taken Lipitor for years, and I have a kidney transplant (kidney failure caused by diabetes).I think people need to look at it this way. If diet and exercise don't work to lower cholesterol, do you want to almost guaranteed die of a heart problem, or take a small risk that you may or may not get liver problems? I vote to protect myself from a problem I already know that I have, rather than worry about one that I might or might not get from the medication.
Mike , 243 is the same numbers I had. Doctor tried to put me on Statins. I said no way. From that day on I started to Nordic Walk. Google it . In 3 months my chol;esterol was 183. I eat all the so called "bad" fats. So yes , just exercising will lower cholesterol , also lower blood pressure and glucose levels. I nordic Walk 1 1/2 hours a day . Everyday. And I must say, any doctor that prescribes a statin drug is a QUACK. High cholesterol is not the killer that it is portrayed. Statins and diabetes drugs are the money makers for drug companies. Take care TIN
yes very high im now on them u need to watch what u are eating execices as well im on 40mg right now but i also am diabetic also Eating foods that are lower in saturated fats should lower your cholesterol level.

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You have this condition if there are high levels of cholesterol in the blood. There are three parts of cholesterol:

  • Low density lipoproteins (LDL)-known as bad cholesterol. It causes build up of cholesterol and other fats in the blood vessels. High LDL levels can cause artery and heart disease.
  • High density lipoproteins (HDL)-known as good cholesterol. It can remove cholesterol and other fats from the blood vessels. High levels of HDL can protect against heart disease.
  • Triglycerides-a common form of fat in the body. Often elevated in people with diabetes or certain genetic conditions.
  • Particles-proteins associated with certain types of cholesterols in the body. These may be a better signal about your risk of developing disease in the blood vessels.

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