Wake up to the statin crisis GPs

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I was on statins for a few years, then after aching legs that were driving me crazy I stopped taking them. No more aching legs. After  a recent eye problem, blood tests came up with high cholesterol again. My doctor tried two different statins, both of which made my legs ache and one gave me elevated anxiety levels plus severe sinus problems. The doctor smirked as I told him of my side effects, punctuating everything I said with the word ‘potentially’. I told him that recently I’d been eating far too much sugar and felt this was my problem, again he laughed and said ‘impossible’. I agreed to retest after 5 weeks and go back to see him. I went for blood test last week and when phoning for result and appointment the nurse said doctor didn’t need to see me as levels  were ‘satisfactory’. I asked her how satisfactory and she said 30% lower! Thinking back to when I was last on statins I was prescribed months of antibiotics that didn’t work for sinus infections, plus anti-anxiety medication that was obviously not needed. Funny that the doctor didn’t want to see me! I will do the retest in 3 months and make sure I do see him. All I did was cut out sugar and take a daily plant sterol yogurt drink. My fat intake is high, I cook with coconut oil daily and have not reduced my calorie intake. So, as far as I am concerned sugar raised my cholesterol levels and devotedly not fat. I feel so much healthier for removing sugar from my diet too. Why can’t doctors see that they are so so wrong? Has to be to do with money 😡

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    I'm sure you're right about sugar. Apart from tasting good there is no good in it whatever. It rots teeth, makes you fat and gives you T2 diabetes as I have found.

    So far I have refused statins but NICE says the GPs have to offer them when the Qrisk is over 10%. Given that it rises every birthday by the time you reach 75 you are certain to be over the threshold.  The 'risk' was lowered overnight from 20% almost 4 years ago with no reason; when you look into it the panel of drs that comprise NICE have almost all got some connection with a pharmaceutical company. The lack of transparency makes me very distrustful and I asked my dr if she would take them if she were me. She said a definite NO. She might alter her opinion with a diagnosis of diabetes. cry

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    Wizzasmum - yep - money, money, money. Statins are a 20 billion a year bonanza in the US alone. The methods of testing drugs are cleverly corrupt. The levels of good/bad cholesterol were artificially lowered some years ago in order to justify prescribing statins to absolutely anyone. The illnesses that result are then tempered with yet more meds, blood tests, referral to other specialists etc. The panic game is stock in trade. After I threw those poisons and the doc away a couple of years ago, it has taken this long for symptoms to diminish to manageable levels. I am furious at what they did to me. I told the doc that he had prostituted those three words of the hippocratic oath: Do No Harm. I don't know how you contained yourself when that man sat there smirking at your distress. "Potentially!" Condescending and 

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      Absolutely Wayne 1962. The whole cholesterol issue is based on dodgy data and then they keep altering the goal posts. We all need cholesterol: IMO the low fat diet that was adopted in the 1970's and took off big time in the 80's is largely responsible for the rise in T2 diabetes.  My blood boils every time I see Flora and Benecol adverts on TV. 

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    Scary isn’t it. I think the silly low fat diet is also responsible for a degree of mental illness and I’m sure it’s no coincidence that a few of my colleagues in the 80’s and 90’s who wouldn’t touch any type of fat, all had periods off work with anxiety/depression. The brain needs fat to function properly, but certainly doesn’t need sugar. 
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