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If I followed a diet could I stop taking my statin?

I have type two hyperbetalipoproteinmia and take Crestor as a statin, if I followed a diet could I stop taking the statin, and would I be able to control my cholesterol?

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Even if you are taking statins, it is important to follow a diet low in saturated fat, to keep your weight to a healthy level and to take regular exercise to keep your cholesterol down. However, there is no combination of diet which has been shown to reduce LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol as much as a statin such as Crestor does. A low fat, vegetarian diet called the Portfolio diet, which included 20g a day of soluble fibre, 45g a day of almonds, 45g a day of soya based foods and 2g a day of plant sterols (found in sterol-enhanced foods such as Flora Pro-Active), did reduce cholesterol by over 20% at 1 year in over 1/3 of participants in a study. If you are overweight, reducing your weight by 10kg can reduce your LDL cholesterol by a further 15%. Crestor is the brand name for the statin rosuvastatin.

I am assuming you are talking about an inherited form of raised lipids, Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (type IIB). If you have Familial Hypercholesterolaemia or FH, you will have had high cholesterol since childhood, so it is even more important for you to have your cholesterol lowered than for other people. I would not recommend that anyone stop their prescribed medication without medical advice, and this is particularly the case for someone with FH.

 
Answered by Dr Sarah Jarvis.

 

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