Adding Statin to Steve’s Heart Protocol

At Steve’s July cardiologist appointment, the doctor recommended Steve go on a low dose statin to bring his cholesterol down further. With diet, he managed to achieve around 100 LDL but for reversal of plaque, the doctor said he needed 70 or below.

So Steve decided to try the statin. The other thing we knew could happen on the statin is to feel more freedom with occasional drifts from the Dr. Fuhrman The End of Heart Disease eating protocol (Amazon links in this post are Titus2’s Amazon’s Affiliate link, and Titus2 earns from qualifying purchases, see the Privacy Policy).

This year for Thanksgiving, we ate what the rest of the family did. And when someone now invites us over for dinner, we can eat what everyone else is eating. All along we had allowed ourselves an infrequent meal at a restaurant for a date at one of our favorite places. The normal fare at home, however, remains the guidelines from The End of Heart Disease.

A couple of weeks after starting the statin, Steve checked his cholesterol and the LDL was 70 already.

Trusting in Jesus,

“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me,
but I will not be brought under the power of any” (1 Corinthians 6:12).

23 thoughts on “Adding Statin to Steve’s Heart Protocol”

  1. I know Steve has worked SO hard not to be on statin, but what a blessing to have a little more freedom and variety with your foods!!! Looks like his hard work paid off because the statin worked so good and so quickly!! I pray he continues to have good health!! Has he felt better overall with his diet changes (before having to take the statin)?

    1. You are right. Is has been very nice to eat what we are served when eating at others’ homes and to enjoy holiday meals that they are eating. Last year we had two meals at Thanksgiving. One for Steve and me and one for the others. Not this year! Steve continues to feel great with his diet changes. His weight has stayed down, his glucose down, and his blood pressure down. And the cholesterol would have been good if he didn’t have heart disease, and because of that, it wasn’t quite enough.

  2. I had a heart attack at age 54 (2 years ago) and have followed a diet similar to Dr. Furrhman’s since then, with the occasional meal exceptions as you mention.

    I found a strictly whole food, plant passed, no oil, no nut butters, no coconut, very little avocado and nut diet to be too restrictive for the long term.

    My plant based Cardiologist put me on 10 mg. Atorvastatin so I could have a little more avocado, some nut butters, and a little oil.

    My Naturopath is concerned about the statin crating pre-diabetes, as my fasting blood sugar is starting to trend in that direction (101). My Chiropractor has upped my antioxidant intake to keep the cholesterol from oxidizing because he is very concerned about me being on the statin and he said he would never take one. Both my naturopath and Chiropractor would like to see me off the statin. Cardiologist doesn’t seem to be concerned about the statin.

    In a perfect world, I would eat a very restrictive diet with 6 palm size servings of steamed greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, beets, cabbage, and cauliflower each day to keep the endothelium in the artery walls strong. I’ve found that this diet adds too much stress when doing so long term, and my Cardiologist said quality of life is important and needs to be considered in all of this.

    I have high levels of lipoprotein (a) which contributes to the persistently elevated LDL cholesterol. I also had a test done through the Boston Heart Clinic which shows whether I am a cholesterol producer or absorber. I’m just a tad of both which means diet doesn’t make a significant change in how much cholesterol I absorb,

    I’m also taking supplements to help with the upward trending blood sugar.

    It’s all such a balancing act for me. Do you have any concerns about taking a low dose statin for the long term?

    1. You have had quite the diet/medication puzzle to work through, Kathryn. I guess we haven’t talked about concerns for the long term on a statin, just what to do for the near term to get the cholesterol down more.

  3. I’m glad that this is working for him! One thing I so appreciate and admire about your family is how you practice and advocate for moderation through both lifestyle changes and taking medical advice seriously. So often I’ve seen folks eschew modern medicine in favor of “alternative” things only and the results have been tragic. Life is so precious, and it’s so important to cherish it and to use whatever resources we have (including the wisdom and efforts of our doctors, scientists, and other medical professionals) to care for ourselves and our loved ones.

    I’m so glad that this year you were all able to enjoy a beloved celebratory meal together.

    1. There is always much to prayerfully evaluate in those decisions. We did enjoy our meal and fellowship together, and it was certainly less time intensive when we at what the others ate.

  4. I’m glad he found something to work for him, and help with what you are already doing. I agree with Katie! I too have seen people do that, and I’m like, “Guys, God gave us doctors for a reason.”

    I’m glad you were able to enjoy the Thanksgiving food with everyone else! That must have been a real treat! Enjoy!

    I’ve been working out a lot this year, and have lost so many inches! Yet, my doctor told me to go on a low fat, heart healthy diet because my cholesterol is slightly elevated. So I’ve been tweaking my diet along with already not eating wheat products. Other than that, he was very pleased.

    Hope things continue to get better for you. Good to see Anna Marie and Christopher able to join everyone too! Still praying for them.

    1. Medical decisions are tough. It is good for each of us to educate ourselves, pray, and make informed medical decisions. So glad, Rebecca, that you have been able to exercise, change diet, and lose inches.

  5. I’ve been on heart meds since I was 22 and statins for about 8 years. I inherited lousy genes as both my grandmother and my father died at 51 from heart attacks (my dad’s fourth). I’m a living testimony to meds as my lipids and heart function are both normal and my last calcium scan was near normal. I’ve been in chf three times, but all is good now. God is good and I am grateful every day for medication. Merry Christmas and much love to you all.

  6. Thank you for sharing your journey! My husband’s cholesterol is high, but he really does not want to go on a statin. It’s tough to make these decisions when there is so much conflicting information out there! But I’m so glad to hear Steve is doing well!

    1. Agreed. It is tough. For us, we listened to one part of the non-medical side for years, and convinced ourselves it was right. However, Steve ended up with coronary artery disease, blockage, and stents. So for Steve, that wasn’t good counsel.

  7. Like commenter Katie above, I admire your wisdom and ponderation in making choices about your health. Too often, we write off either the medical approach or the natural approach, when in fact they work hand in hand. Steve absolutely did the right thing in making diet changes first, then adding medication.
    My father-in-law died of sudden heart failure at age 39. Of his two sons, my brother-in-law inherited the bad heart genes. For 40 years, he was able to keep his cholesterol down by eating very clean and losing weight. After 40, he requires a low-dose statin like Steve. It’s still a huge accomplishment for him to have stayed off the statins for so long.
    Everything has a side-effect, including eating a plant-based diet. So we must pray to evaluate trade-offs and have the humility to trust the counsel of specialists and reevaluate our opinions sometimes.

  8. I hope his cholesterol continues to go down! He does not take Vitamin D supplements does he? That can raise his cholesterol, but sunlight can lower it. I hope yall have a wonderful Christmas!!!

      1. Yes… The UV rays from the sun mix with the cholesterol in your body to make vitamin D…. So sun exposure helps reduce that cholesterol. But when we take Vitamin D supplements, our body has no need to create vitamin D, so it doesn’t use the extra cholesterol that nor. Ally would have been good.
        Anyways, I’m so glad his medicine is working for him. Happy New Year! Yall are a blessing to us!

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