I've posted before in other threads so I won't bore you with all the details...but a few.
I just turned 60 and am 5'5" and 130lbs. I've always been slender and healthy but with some heart problems on my mother's side of the family. In 2006 my company did free physicals and when they came back they refused to give my my results without a face to face with a professional. The numbers:
Total Chol. 259
Over the last three years I have tried ALL the statins and related products but had sever muscle pain with all of them. Very disappointing. So, about a year ago I started on niacin therapy only with small doses leading up to 500mg per day. That helped a little but not a lot. So over time I have worked myself up to 1,000, 1500mg but with very little improvement. About four months ago I finally moved up to 2,000mg per day. The side effects of burning and itching can be pretty severe so I take a baby aspirin fifteen minutes before the niacin and always immediately after a meal. Trying to remember to take three pills every day on a certain schedule is a pain, to say the least.
Well, I just got my results back and frankly....the Dr. is thrilled.
Total Cholesterol 188
I have also tried to cut way back on fats, sugars and breads (love pastry and bagels) and have also upped my cycling millage. I'm sure many of you have better numbers, but for me this is a huge progression.
Shoot--God willing, I may live to ride a bit longer after all.