Hi Beaches and everyone,
Perhaps it is useful to look at this in context? A score of 4.2 is fine but 6.0 isn't all that bad either. In the UK the point at which NHS guidelines advise treatment is 5.9 and that is a bit arbitrary anyway. But this test is approximate and only measures total blood cholesterol levels, that is both HDL's and LDL's. To understand more you have to do a fasting overnight test which will give a figure that is different and far more useful as a guide for prescribing. It is the ratio of HDL's to LDL's*.
Having said that, this whole matter is mired in controversy. There is a shortage of direct evidence linking stroke and heart disease with cholesterol levels. Nearly everyone in the field does, however, accept that lower levels are preferable but it is good to understand that pharmaceutical companies have a VERY direct motive in promoting statins (drugs for lowering blood cholesterol levels) and they supply most of the data......
My view is that you should just eat a decent diet, get some exercise and not worry too much about numbers. I expect that will get me into trouble!
Good on you for losing a few pounds. I keep telling myself that I will but it's difficult in chilly England. Spring will come, or so they tell us.
*Too complex to be interesting to most of us but if you had nothing to do one evening, you could Google it.
PS It probably isn't wise to be taking food supplements after EOT unless you really know about them. Adverse effects are possible and your liver has just taken a pasting but will recover all on its own. Perhaps it would be good to see a medical herbalist or a nutritionist? This is a very technical area. R.
G3a. Probably infected 40 years ago.
Diagnosed July 2015
7/7/2015: ALP 69, ALT 209, WBC 5.8, VL 40,000. Fibroscan 9.5 Kpa.
Commenced treatment Sof/Dac (Natco Pharma) 24 wks in Feb 16
VL UND @ 4 wks, 12 wks
PHEW! Thank you so much Dr James, Monkmeds and all at Fixhepc