I was told to take a statin by my primary doctor, and refused, tried to get the cholesterol
down with diet
and 'natural' meds. I did reduce my cholesterol
level down to about 220, but had a first, then a second heart attack, then another, and have a total of eight stents. I started exercising daily taking a statin, and started a slow weight lose process, about a pound or two a month and I lost 40 pounds. Since I quit losing weight, my cholesterol level is starting to rise.