When Exercise isn’t Enough for Me

When Exercise isn't Enough for Me

I have always enjoyed the benefits of exercise and  workout 4-5 times a week, but I visited my cardiologist last week and learned exercise wasn’t enough to lower my cholesterol level and he has recommended that I take a statin to lower my cholesterol level.

The reason I see a cardiologist, (which is a good idea for any woman postmenopausal) is my father’s family history of heart disease and now I am considered a high risk for heart disease.

I have borderline cholestrol of 223 but my doctor wants it to be 150 due to my family history. He thinks taking a statin will lower my cholesterol level along with exercise and a healthy diet.

But what I am learning about statins has alarmed me and wonder if the risks outweigh the benefits? So many doctors have different views on statins, some are against them and some are all for taking them.

As with any medication, the final decision comes down to me. Do I want to chance having a heart attack or stroke because I worry about the side effects?

Here are the most common risks associated with taking a statin:

  • Muscle Pain and Damage
  • Increased blood sugar or type 2 Diabetes
  • Possible Liver Damage

I discussed this medicine with my girlfriends over lunch and a few of my friends are taking statins. They are aware of the side effects but haven’t experienced them. I worry about diabetes the most. Liver damage seems to occur occasionally and none of my friends have experienced muscle pain or maybe they just contributed it to old age?

The things we all have in common is that we exercise a lot, play lots of golf, and we are postmenopausal women. I am amazed at how estrogen protects women from many things and once  we enter menopause we are at risk  of heart attacks and strokes just like men.

The bottom line is that I am  exercising more than I did in my youth …..

When Exercise isn't Enough for Me

When Exercise isn't Enough for Me

No matter how much I exercise, genetics plays a large part on whether I will have a heart attack or stroke in the future.

When Exercise isn't Enough for Me

I do eat mostly heart healthy foods, but I should cut down on red meats , cheeses, and carbs.

Did you notice Red Wine is on this list below?

When Exercise isn't Enough for Me


I’ll let you know in a few months if that little white pill lowers my cholesterol or if I have any side affects from taking it. In 3 months I will have a blood test to see how my liver is doing with the statin. I am disappointed that I am taking a statin because I thought that exercising and eating healthy would help lower my cholesterol, but I guess it wasn’t enough.

When Exercise isn't Enough for Me

Do any of you take statins to lower your cholesterol?

I would love to hear from you!

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  1. June 3, 2017 / 3:19 am

    Well done with the exercise, you put me to shame! I’ve been on statins for five years and it has been well under control…..no side effects. You must do what you feel is right. Interesting what you said about the lack of oestrogen leaving menopausal women at risk of heart disease and strokes. We really do have a rough time of it! I’m 51 by the way. Lou xx

    • June 3, 2017 / 11:52 am


      I’m so happy to hear you haven’t experienced any side effects!
      I have done so much research on the aging process for women and have come to realize once our estrogen shield went down, we’re exposed to so many new problems as 50ish women.
      I was shocked to learn that in 2017 it’s been recommended for people over 40 with high cholesterol to take statins.
      The medical community seems to think statins are worth taking even with the risks!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • June 4, 2017 / 12:09 am

        I know it’s so hard to know what to do. I’m having a bad time with the menopause but so far resisted hrt because of the risks. It’s hard being a woman these days.
        Take care
        Lou x

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