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    Do people who take statins have to take them for life?
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    jimi2012 posted:
    I was diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol 2010. So I started medication for all of those. I also started exercising regularly last year and decided to go vegetarian. Lost 71 pounds so far. My cholesterol numbers are very low, last time we checked in April. Hoping the hdl is higher now. No longer officially diabetic maybe, my medication was lowered a lot, the doc said I was pre diabetic. But, if my cholesterol numbers are in the double digits, do I still have to take the statins? My goal is to be healthy without medication, as much as possible.
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    iride6606 responded:
    I'm on statins as well and I don't recall signing anything that requires me to take them for the rest of my life. If my numbers are at my goal and I feel like going without, I will. My numbers are very low right now and I'm OK with it. If I change my mind down the road I'll go off them.


    You're doing the right things, talk it over with your doctor. The issue you have is that you are borderline diabetic and diabetics have a much higher risk of heart disease and high cholesterol will increase your risk. It really is up to you so you should get as much information as you can from many sources including your doctor.


    I hope it works out for you.


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