According to my cardiologist, I should start to take low dosage Lipitor (5 mg daily) to lower my LDL and soft plaques, hence reducing my cardiac risk factor by 25-30%. However, knowing doctors receive incentives by Pfizer to push prescription of Lipitor, I wonder if I really need to take the medicine? In addition, I already have some signs of memory loss. Lipitor will further reduce Cholesterol which is a vital ingredient for brain to maintain memory. Taking it may exacerbate my memory issue.
YOUR ADVICE IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED.
o Pre-diabetic, A1C = 6.0 - 6.2 under diet control, no medication
o Blood Pressure: Average: (135 - 145)/(75 - 89)
o Calcium Plaque Score in Heart Arteries: 258 ( mild disease, narrowing possible)
o High Ferritin (533) (Normal range = 20 — 380 ng/mL) 12-13 years ago, Â§ Went through phlebotomy for one year, and now normal
o Higher LDL (97 -116)
o I snore at night bothering my wife a lot.
o Cardiac Stress Test: Normal
o High Homocysteine (11.5 — 14.2) (Normal range < 11.4)
o High Cardio CRP (2.0) (Normal range < 0.6 mg/L)
o Having A-Fib (irregularity) in 2001, No re-occurrence so far.
o Polyps in Colon, Father had same and LL died from colon cancer. Â§ Have checked in a 3-year cycle, results normal
o My mother died from breast cancer and she had diabetes.
o My H-Pylori count is on the high side, but no action from doctor.
o Allergic to tree pollens, grass, fruits, dust, mold and other food items. Â§ Taking allergy shots for life.
Life Style Â· Low carb diet Â· Still eat some salty and junk food items, e.g. chips, ice cream, fast food, pizza, etc. Â· Tried to be active: Ping Pong 3- 4 times per week; ballroom dance every week. Â· Keeping body weight around 151 - 155 lbs (6 ft.) Â· Taking baby Aspirin daily, plus: garlic pill, fish oil, Saw Palmetto, Century Silver Vitamin, cinnamon power.
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