Hi all! I have a clinic appointment coming up on Thursday and have just received my latest test results which will be discussed then. There's still work to do on all fronts, but overall I'm very pleased, my A1c has lowered by 1.2% since my last test in October, and my cholesterol ratios have improved. However, I know from previous visits that my clinic is not terribly happy with my cholesterol and we have already tentatively discussed statins. Given that things are improving I would prefer not to start on statins at this time, but I may consider trying a low dose depending on how insistent/convincing my team is on Thursday, or in the future if I'm not able to maintain good ratios through lifestyle.
Personally, based on things I have seen here, I'm happy with a total chol. between 5-7 so long as the ratios are good. In other words, I'd be happy to lower my LDL some (and ideally raise my HDL some) but lowering total chol. to meet the "diabetic" target at all costs (i.e. regardless of ratio) is not what matters the most to me. However, I learned this info about ratios and the "sweet spot" of 5-7 so long ago on here that I no longer remember where it comes from, and I'd like to go in to this discussion with some reliable sources behind me. Anybody have anything to go on?
p.s. For reference:
|Total/HDL||4.78 (good - under 5.0)||3.21 (ideal - under 3.5)|
|HDL/LDL||0.381 (good - over 0.3)||0.516 (ideal - over 0.4)|
|Trigs/HDL||2.507 (high risk - over 1.74)||0.602 (ideal - under 0.87)|