Hi Jane just joined . Iam 69 year old man and having problems with pain from statins tablets. Would a better diet/life style replace having to take them? I always been active but struggled with my weight. Oily
oil1947y I’m sorry to hear you’re having pains from statins. Definitely, I would suggest looking at your diet and gradually exercise the amount of exercise you do to see if losing some weight can help. Cutting back on calories doesn’t mean doom and deprivation. As a starting point, keep a food diary for a few weeks to help you assess your intake – even the act of writing down everything you eat and drink may prompt you to have less. Next, cut back on very sugary foods such as cakes and chocolate, and opt for naturally sweet fruit such as Medjool dates and figs instead. If you eat them in combination with protein – some nuts or Greek yoghurt, it will prevent a sugar rush. If your tastes are more savoury, opt for a crispbread or a few unsalted nuts instead of a bag of crisps. Swapping from refined white starches (white bread, pasta, etc) to wholegrains (rye bread, wholegrain rice) will mean energy is released more slowly into your body, so you feel fuller for longer.
Next, cut down on calorie-intense fattier foods, such as butter, cream, cheese and oil. Use a cheese slicer to give thin shavings of intensely flavoured hard cheese, such as mature Cheddar or Parmesan, rather than a chunk. Drizzle oil or use a cooking spray when frying, to reduce fat. Instead of fatty bacon and sausages, choose leaner cuts. And pack your plate with vegetables and salads for low-calorie flavour and goodness. Delicious meals might be a roast chicken with lots of roasted veg on the side; a simple omelette with herbs, spinach and tomatoes, or baked cod with a squeeze of lemon, with a salad on the side.
If your cholesterol levels return to normal, you may be able to reduce the amount of statins you need, or indeed stop taking them, under the guidance of your GP. Good luck.