I recently decided to stop taking Zocor. I don't even remember having cholesterol problems when I started taking it, just doing it because my MD at the time said I needed to. I have been off completely for about 3 weeks and had levels checked yesterday and was quite surprised even though I knew there could/would be a bump or rebound.
on Zocor 6 months ago chol 131, LDL 80, HDL 57, Trig 50
Now off Zocor chol 224, LDL 147, HDL 59, Trig 80
I know the LDL and total chol is too high and I can definately see where I can make some dietary changes.
I probably won't talk to the doc til next week when she receives the results and I already know what she will say, back on the Zocor.... you're a diabetic!
Have any of you experienced this bump and has it leveled out over time? if so how long?
your body becomes accustomed to the statin. My doc put me on statins too and i never needed them until I went off. After about 3 months off them My cholesterol and HDL returned to normal. I was having bowel troubles for months, all along my doc told me that statins could never cause that. Of course all the trouble stopped when I stopped taking them while I was on vacation and forgot to bring them.
I realized I never needed them. My last Results before statins was
CHOL 174, HDL 65 and ldl 90.
My doctor argues with me every time I go it. HE tells me that numbers need to be lower for diabetics than regular people. Well I'm just going to see how I do.
The research is unclear anyway
My latest results are
I know that it is more about the ratio of hld to ldl more than the actual numbers.
Cardio exercise is the key to keeping that ratio good.
My endo prescribed a statin for me early last year and I never got the prescription filled. My LDL was a little high, but after I started watching what I ate and getting more exercise, the number started dropping. When I was back for a check-up about 6 months later, he was surprised to learn that I wasn't taking his nasty old pills. He said, "Can I ask why not?" with this attitude that, like has been mentioned, intimated that since HE is the doctor, I know NOTHING. Whatever. And I told him that there hasn't been ONE. SINGLE. STUDY. done on the effects of statins on people my age (female, under 30) and that I had already proved to him that I could do what needed to be done without them. Needless to say, that visit ended badly and I haven't been back.
Did you all know that the standards for high cholesterol have been lowered recently? This will cause more people to be on meds that don't necessarily need to be.
Cholesterol is good for your body! Fake "supplements" and chemicals being dosed into you every day are not!