High cholesterol and hrt

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Hi ladies. Just had the results of a blood test. All ok except for high cholesterol. Doc not happy because i am on hrt and she has put me on Statins. Never taken them before, anyone here taken them and can advise on side effects etc.,

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    No I haven't but use pro active butter to keep my cholesterol level down my doctor did take my b pressure before giving me hrt
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    Hi Caroline, thanks for your reply. My blood pressure is fine. My GP said she calculated my risk of a heart attack in 10 years as a 14.4 risk (apparantly it should be around 10% or less) she is worried that because she says HRT increases the risk of heat attack/stroke anyway so having high cholesterol in the mix is not good. I was not about to discuss the new NICE guidelines with her (no point) as she has already told me she is not a fan of HRT (lets see how she feels when she is our age) ... I will get some Benecol butter and I also believe porridge is good for lowering cholesterol.. 
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    I would post your question on the statins forum pat. You'll get much more response.
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    From what I've read recently, cholesterol increases after menopause, as your oestrogen decreases.  Oestrogen in HRT apparantly helps reduce your cholesterol levels - lowers the "bad" cholesterol and increases the "good" levels..  Google oestrogen and HRT for more information.  There's a good article "Menopause and your heart" on the Hysterectomy Association website (.org .UK) - I'd put the link in but it would probably be moderated out but a search should find it.
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      That evidence is contradictory at the moment marie and doctors are being advised not to prescribe HRT in the hope that it will reduce cholesterol 
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      Probably not a good idea to prescribe HRT simply to try to reduce cholestrol - but having high cholestrol doesn't seem to be a valid reason not to prescribe HRT for menopausal symptoms.  I'm not sure why some GPs are so against it.

      Personally speaking, I'm happy to take HRT and have weighed up all the potential risks and benefits.  I'm not keen on the current trend to push statins for over 50s, regardless.  My hubby has aleady refused them from his GP.  I'm fortunate enough to have neither high blood pressure or cholestrol, so haven't been offered them.

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      GP's aren't against prescribing HRT for women with high cholesterol. They take other factors into consideration as well. Blood pressure, weight to name a few. Advice is given on diet as it is with any patient with a raised cholesterol. 
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    That's good then maria hrt has some uses then ive registered with the hysterectomy association but difficult to join in this forum is easier
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    Is your cholesterol hereditary ? Mine is and I have controlled it for the past 4 years with diet and exercises.I have been in perimenopause for about 20 months now.I had a recent blood test to check my thyroid levels (also hereditary ) ,and my cholesterol has started to rise .The doctor told me that cholesterol rises in women as the get to menopause age .I have to have another test in six months ,if it has increased again then discuss if I need statins .
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    I was also on medication for cholesterol but decided to change my diet and I have lost over 3 stone. My cholesterol level is now good and my gp is happy for me to remain on hrt. I feel much healthier.
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