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6/9/08 10:09 P

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I have high cholesterol, and my nurse practitioner wanted to put me on statins. I said no. Instead I am trying plant sterols (CholestOff), but the problem is me. I am really bad at taking anything on a daily basis (even vitamins), never mind 3x a day. So as soon as I manage to be on it regularly for 2-3 months I'll be back for a cholesterol check.

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6/9/08 9:58 P

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Lisa,

That is WONDERFUL news...I hope your training goes well.

I wanted to let in you on an article that I read in the April/May issue of OnFitness magazine (a publication geared towards personal trainers) regarding statin drugs and a possible link to ALS (or Lou Gehrig's Disease). While the studies haven't formally found a link, there does seem to be an upwards trend in this rare but fatal disease. I just had a friend's mother-in-law die from this disease a month ago and my husband's parents neighbor died from this same disease in January less than 4 months after diagnosis. I also had a friend's father pass away from ALS in 2004, 2 years after diagnosis. For being such a rare disease, it sure does seem suspicious that I would know of 3 cases of death.

My husband was on Zocor for 3 months and I had him stop taking the drug, talk to his doc (who was clueless to this possible side-effect until my husband brought it up) and we are working on diet and exercise. I would rather have my husband risk having a heart attack than to die from an incurable and fatal disease. I know for me statins will NEVER be an option for me...NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!

Best of luck in getting your numbers down!

HAPPY RUNNING!
Nancy



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6/9/08 9:30 P

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Because of some family history of heart disease - along with my high cholesterol issues - I felt it prudent to visit a cardiologist to get the thumbs up for training for the 1/2 marathon. (I didn't know it before I went to him, but he is a runner too....cool!) He was pretty encouraging as far as telling me that if I am running 20 miles/week now I should have no problem doing a 1/2.

I took a stress test and "passed", whatever that means (if you don't pass out then you pass? LOL) He said, "Your heart is healthy, you can run and train all you want".

I know it sounds a little squirrelly but I had this uneasy feeling sometimes about pushing myself too hard. I feel better after getting the official go-ahead. However my cholesterol is still whacked and he wants me to go on meds which I am resisting. I don't think I can deal with possible statin side effects like muscle pain and weakness when I'm trying to train.

I'd be interested to know if anyone else has taken statins and had adverse effects on their running.

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