I already stopped Crestor but when I do my next blood work for T and everything else next month, my future of cholesterol medications rest on that. I want to be sure that if I workout, eat right and do everything MOSTLY right, not take Crestor, then I should have the best cholesterol result without medication. If it comes back high, then I will have no choice except for getting back on it. High cholesterol runs high in my family. I tried this in the past and the end result without meds was high cholesterol. I have high hopes but at the same time realistic due to past experience. The anti-depresents are a must right now, however, I heard Wellbutrin might be more at an advantage. Please tell me your thoughts.
First of all, do a search in the forum on Buproprion and Wellbutrin. Some guys had great commentary on their experiences and I gave a research summary as well. There's a lot of great stuff out on the web as well.
Well, I think I said this before, but perhaps not clearly enough: a Low Fat Diet will drop your cholesterol like a rock. If you really want to solve low cholesterol, that's the only sure way to do it that I know. I have never known anyone that went on a true low fat diet that could not get his cholesterol below about 160. And 160 is not that common. Most guys can get it below 150.
One more important comment: I have heard many times guys say, "High cholesterol runs in my family." Again, when they go on a true, whole foods Low Fat Diet, they say, "I can't believe my cholesterol dropped that much!"
Now I can't absolutely promise you'll drop below 160, but it's very likely based on what I have seen. In Esselstyn's book he talks about how almost always he can get the patient below 150 and if he doesn't, then and only then will he give a statin.
Now you may not be interested or open to a Low Fat Diet - I realize that eating is very cultural and downright religious for some people. I still do not discuss with many family members how I eat as I know they'd think I was crazy.
Anyway, if you do have an interest, the books by Ornish and Esselstyn will give you what you need and are must-read:http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Best_Health_Bookshttp://www.peaktestosterone.com/statins
Now I will say that for some men, depending on how you eat, you might get a slight lowering of testosterone on a Low Fat Diet. That's not a given though. One study showed that testosterone held constant and estrogen dropped like a rock, which is exactly what you want. See #2:http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Testosterone_Estrogen_Ratio
Now Bubba will tell you that cholesterol is health and the more the merrier. So I'm not trying to be obnoxious here. But you indicated that you were in my camp and felt that you wanted to control cholesterol, so that is why I am giving you all this information.