As I wrote about the last few days (LDL is Bad & I’m Hungry) I am making a concerted effort to change my eating habits. While it might not be easy, much like any individual trying to kick a habit or change something in their daily route, it won’t be easy. Yesterday while clicking around Cooking Light, under the their vegetarian section I ran across a top rated chili recipe, just one of numerous recipes I might have to try in the next few weeks.
One problem I am trying to resolve is understanding cholesterol and the medication, which is a “statin” that was prescribed to me. I am not a fan of “big pharma” as they are out to make a buck and really don’t care how they do it. Like many big pharma drugs, statins have some nasty side effects. While my doctor told me not to worry, he still scheduled me for blood work in 8 weeks to make sure my liver is not reacting negatively. Gotta love that, huh? A drug that might help, causes more problems. Way to go big pharma!
While I don’t want to be on medication, I am exploring other options, such as a more regimented diet and supplements to help reduce my cholesterol levels. I won’t cite my doctor as being “wrong” but I do not believe I am getting the entire truth. Conversely, information I am reading and reviewing might need to be taken with a grain of salt. While I am not looking to turn this into a conspiracy piece the last thing I want is to be lied to, which leads to future problems, causing more doctor visits and more medication.
Now spending time reading articles and comments from people and medical professionals, there are proponents on both sides of the high cholesterol issue. I am hoping to see some a decrease of possibly 25% by the end of October. Hopefully diet plays a major part in this decrease, aided by the statin for a few months. Further reading is required, but I believe I can achieve a lower level by changing my diet, as well as added supplements, such as Omega-3 and Omega-6, Vitamin C or even a multi vitamin, like Centrum.
Interestingly enough, here is a List of 10 Myths as it relates to cholesterol. As I mentioned, there is unending information that must be sorted through. Hopefully I will find a healthy and safe alternative than needing to remain on the big pharma medication. This is not how I intend to live life.