Maintenance is a good idea with all possessions. That includes this 70 year old body that I occupy. Body maintenance was one reason for an extended stay in Denver. Went to the dentist. No repairs or replacements required. Just a cleaning. Had the eyes checked. No change since the last visit five years ago. Still need +150 reading glasses. That's all.
Then I went to the doctor for a physical. Doctor was happy to see this healthy 70 year old body. Prodding, poking and hammering he declared the physical structure in great shape. Then he turned his attention to the results of the blood tests. Once again the doc was happy to see the numbers for the blood tests right where they should be. Except. Except. He was not happy with that high cholesterol reading -- 285. Although the good stuff was at 70, the bad stuff was just too high. Usually without taking the statin drugs, the number is typically around 230. So even for me, this was high. Could it just be part of aging.
However, the doctor (same doctor for over 20 years) did frighten me when he said that with those high cholesterol numbers, I was a candidate for a stroke. Don't know. But that comment sure scared me. Really scared me. Heart attack. No big deal. Either you're dead or there is major recovery or surgery to fix the problem. But a stroke would be disabling while continuing to live. It would change life. Seriously change life.
Considering that the doc has been recommending that I take statins for over ten years, I am still reluctant to take any medications to introduce poisons into my body -- or to add profit to the bottom line of Big Pharma. Once again I will do research to find supporting evidence for me to stop taking statins. Regardless of the material published for or against, it seems the authors always have some agenda. They are either selling for Big Pharma or they are pushing (selling) their herbal and diet plans to achieve the reduction of the high cholesterol.
The reading and research that I have done in the past indicates that they really don't know how the drug affects anything. There is no way to run double blind tests for the drug. Somebody has got to die -- or live -- in order for the tests to mean anything.
Had to check. Does my 60 year old doctor take a statin. Yes he does, but he pointed out that he doesn't have my family history. Nor are his cholesterol numbers as high.
If I spend too much time puzzling and fretting over this issue, I will get high blood pressure and then I will have a new problem. Yikes.