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marycooks posted:
Had triple bypass four years ago. Have high cholesterol and was put on several different statins to see which I could tolerate. Which was None! Developed peripheral neuropathy and have trouble with balance and weakness in my legs. Went off statins and started red yeast rice for only three days and felt the same weakness in my legs as when I was on statins. Statins did bring the total cholesterol down but once off statins for six months cholesterol numbers rose dramatically. I do not eat a high fat diet but do like carbohydrates. Does this sound familiar?
billh99 responded:
I do not eat a high fat diet but do like carbohydrates.

Actually you want to eat a moderate fat diet. 25 to 35% of the calories from fats. But limit the staturated fats to about 7%.

What you want or good fats such as olive oil, nuts, avocados, and cold water fish.

That said there are some very, very low fat diets that are suppose to work very well. Such as the Ornish. But they are more difficult for many people to follow.

Red Rice Yeast is an unrefined statin. The problem is that dosage is not standardized and some products contains contaminates.

Supplementing with CO-Q10 is suppose to help with statin intolerance. But the research is not clear.

But I know several doctors that test for vitamin D levels and if low use supplements to get to a high normal level BEFORE starting statins and they say that they have very few patients with statin intolerant.

Taking plant sterol/stanols helps with cholesterol. Some foods are fortified with them. But getting enough can be difficult.

I like taking a separate pill such as CholestOff or CardioTabs.

Anyway a bunch of things to thing about and talk to your doctor about.

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