If you are really concerned perhaps you should try another doctor and ask about taking low dose aspirin instead of cholesterol meds. Aspirin will "thin" your blood but there is always the potential to hemorrhage somewhere else in your body and it could be a very slow bleed that would go undetected until it has created a LOT of damage.
I was surprised at the idea of aspirin to manage cholesterol since it's main effect is to reduce sticky platelets. I didn't find any reference to this use, in fact, I found references to aspirin therapy being negated by high cholesterol. They are different birds.
If you need the meds, take them. Remember that "high" is relative and depends on other health factors and family history. For instance, diabetics need to have very, very low cholesterol readings (only attainable through meds) because of the very high risk of heart attacks. A diabetic's first heart attack is usually their last - they don't survive it.
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No good to self treat. My Mom ended up with a BAD GI bleed from doing that.....Get your bum out the door, and push for 30 minutes of good exercise a day! Raise that HDL number, and you will be fine.....
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I don't think that asprin would get the desired results, you should probably do some research. You could as WEB MD. Also ask Dr if there is another apoproach. I am sure that ec=xercise would not hurt and would probably help
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I have a question about using low-dose Aspirin therapy vs cholesterol drugs. My HDL is in the 40's, and that is mainly because I have not been exercising regularly, not from high meat consumption. My Doctor wants to add a cholesterol drug, even though I do not have a high total cholesterol number (170). Wouldn't Aspirin do the same of making the blood "less sticky" to flow better in your veins? My concern is all the side-effects associated with the drugs. Why invite trouble where there isn't one is my belief. Has anyone tried one over the other?
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