I'm 60 with high cholesterol for the past 15 years (even on a controlled low-fat diet) and successfully kept it in check with simvastatin (Zocor) for most of that time. Two years ago, I experienced muscle cramps in legs and hands, so I stopped the statin immediately and further controlled my diet. A year later my cholesterol returned to 265 (mg/dL) and my doctor put me on another statin — same result with muscle cramps within two months, so I dropped it again back in January. Two months ago I started the 2-day/week Fast Diet (see link: http://thefastdiet.co.uk/ )with no other changes (to diet or exercise) — Result on this month's physical was a drop in total cholesterol to 235 (that's 30 points!) and a 25 point drop in LDL (HDL dropped a small amount to 73, but is still in the good range). Triglycerides also dropped 30 points from borderline high of 129 to 98. For me, this represents tangible change in a relatively short time frame that was never achieved with diet alone. My doctor agreed to test my cholesterol further to determine the makeup of the LDL, not all of which is "bad" — please see this link to "Men's Health" regarding control of cholesterol and types of LDL: http://www.menshealth.com/health/understanding-cholesterol-and-heart-disease . I'm now on the 1-day/week Fast Diet for maintenance and look forward to eliminating the need for statins. Does anyone have a similar experience or professional advice regarding this diet?View Thread
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