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I hope everyone is well during these strange and troubling times.
You have provided sage, sensible advice previously and I'm hoping for similar regarding this query.
Despite my cholesterol levels being drastically reduced - 9.2 to 6.3 - within months due to a change in diet and lifestyle, my telephone consultation today with a doctor still recommended Statins and taking another blood test! Just to say, my last full blood test was a year ago and they found a high level of Lp (a), which is largely hereditary and the level set at birth and unchangeable.
I have continued with the changes I made - incidentally never commented on by any doctor I've seen! - and it frustrates me that the general NHS approach seems so tunnel visioned. She wants me to take some new blood tests for an update, which I guess is fair enough, but given we are in the midst of a pandemic it seems a bit much to be put at risk in a clinical setting. The Lp (a) will be unchanged in all likelihood and save for minor fluctuations, I expect the same for my total cholesterol levels.
They seem adamant to get me on Statins one way or another and when I brought up side-effects and lack of efficacy in Lp (a) treatment, I was told that there were little to no side effects and the drug is the first line in treatment for Lp(a)!
Any advise on how I get them off my back and left alone to continue with what I've been doing successfully would be welcome. As would any recommendations for (UK users) clinical practitioners who use a diet and lifestyle approach to treating high cholesterol.
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