Group photo
Author:
KEROLINA Posts: 70
2/13/12 6:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I just read your conversations about statins. My lipids have been very good for a long time, however, after my brother died of a heart attack and my being type-1 for 25 years, I saw a cardiologist. He put me on a very low dose of Lipitor (atorvastatin). He said it's mainly to help prevent plaque from breaking away from the artery wall which could lead to further complications. I've been taking it for about 6 weeks and will have my lipids and liver function tests done in 2 weeks. So far, I have not noticed anything different since taking it.

Edited by: KEROLINA at: 2/13/2012 (18:04)
 current weight: 151.0 
176
166.75
157.5
148.25
139
CE1966 Posts: 89
1/20/11 1:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thanks for weighing in on this! Seems like most of us feel the same way - why add a med to an already good lipid profile? But this cardiologist presented some compelling reasons to do just that. 50% of people will die of CV disease. My risk is high due to diabetes (as in 4-8 times the "normal" woman), and good glycemic control does not seem to reduce the risk of macrovascular issues like it does microvascular. 80-90 % of LDL is what you are born with, not something you can swing with diet. Supposedly the down sides of taking a statin are non-existant for most folks. So I'm having trouble continuing to justify NOT taking them. There is still a hold out on my inner jury, but I think the rest of the jurors are starting to sway her :).

 current weight: 157.4 
157.4
150.55
143.7
136.85
130
SUPERDUPER26's Photo SUPERDUPER26 Posts: 1,553
1/20/11 2:26 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm hesitant to add anything else to what feels like an already cumbersome routine, and because my numbers are all still good I have grounds for resisting, but its hard not to wonder if they are worth the added expense given the many statistics supporting them.

 current weight: 173.5 
180
174.75
169.5
164.25
159
CMDAFFY SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (3,018)
Posts: 4
1/18/11 8:58 A

My SparkPage
Reply
My docs have talked about putting me on Statins, despite my good lipid profile. I made a deal to give me a year to lose weight, get back to eating well, and take my sups. We'll re-do blood work soon and depending on the differences in a year's time, we'll then discuss them again. Personally, I feel like I'm on enough of a med protocal that I don't really want to add more meds to the mix

VALERIE1619's Photo VALERIE1619 Posts: 1,084
1/15/11 8:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I asked for them several years ago for the same reason, despite having good cholesterol.

Now that I'm back to an uber-low carb lifestyle, I may consider going off, as there seems to be a lot of controversy about the benefits.

I'll be interested to hear what others are doing.

Valerie



Valerie

Sh*t is hard. Do it anyway.



 Pounds lost: 8.6 
0
13.9
27.8
41.7
55.6
CE1966 Posts: 89
1/15/11 7:07 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm curious as to how many of us take Statins (cholesterol lowering meds)?? I was part of a small group session w/ a cardiologist today, and it really changed my thinking on this topic. Up until this point, I've not been a fan of adding a statin to my regimen, as my overall cholesterol profile is decent. But after today, I am reconsidering that. As a diabetic woman I am apparently 4 to 8 times more likely to develop coronary artery disease than the general popluation. And 50% of the general popluation will die from it. We all gotta go sometime, but I'm reconsidering doing what I can to reduce that risk.

 current weight: 157.4 
157.4
150.55
143.7
136.85
130
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Type 1 Diabetes General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics:
Last Post:



Thread URL: https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x13537x39188337

Review our Community Guidelines