The cholesterol debate, any thoughts?
Cholesterol performs many important functions in our bodies. It helps build cell membranes, make hormones, important for metabolism and Vit D production and much more. I was diagnosed 11yrs ago with high cholesterol. My cardiologist wrote me a script for a statin drug and said take this for the rest of your life. After 4 weeks, I started experiencing severe groin pain, unable to walk. Did some research on statins and was shocked to discover the side effects and haven't taken them since.
So a couple of days ago had a check up, eco stress test, ultrasound etc. I knew it was going to be a tough conversation with my cardiologist about me not taking the drug he'd insisted upon. I came through the tests with flying colours. He sent me for a coronary calcium test, which would see how much plaque had built up in my arteries, the result, zero! I fist pumped, it made my day. I felt vindicated for choosing my natural, healthy lifestyle.
He was shocked with my results and asked what had changed for me? My answer, I've lost 10kgs, I'm fitter, I've changed my diet to a more plant based, less red meat, more seafood, less dairy and less stress! So it is possible to have high cholesterol and not suffer heart disease. I've got to say I'm feeling very chuffed with myself. I do think that my initial experience with this, is what led me to discover a healthier lifestyle and eating the right food for me.