Surviving High Cholesterol
Anyway, back to the cholesterol...
Along with that 400 LDL, I had 20 HDL = and that's the scary part.
Also, I now have those tell-tale signs of cholesterol, a little lump that appears overnight on your eyelid and never goes away unless you conquer the cholesterol problem. Mine appeared in April of 2009 (yes, I remember when!). Fortunately, I wear glasses now, so its blatantly pushy place on my face is minimized.
Surviving high cholesterol can be difficult for some, especially those for whom the statin drugs do not work. Hello, that would be me.
However, the homocysteine levels in the blood seem to play an even larger part in determining who is most at risk for strokes.
In other words, high cholesterol doesn't have to kill you.
Here are some tips and facts for those friends who are surviving high cholesterol. I found this excellent read over at EveryDayHealth.com.
The 2013 cholesterol guidelines from the AHA recommend statin therapy — a medication that lowers cholesterol levels in the blood — for 4 groups of people:
- Patients who have heart disease
- Patients who have LDL cholesterol levels at 190 mg/dL or higher
- Patients who are between 40 and 75 years old and have type 2 diabetes
- And people between ages 40 and 75 who have a high risk of heart disease
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