/ Metamucil

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stroppygob - on 01 Apr 2013
I've been advised by my vet* to start taking metamucil, as I have very high cholesterol levels, and a bad case of the old Nobby Styles/Bertram Miles/Emma Freuds.

Anybody got any experience in using this, any effect?


*He's a mate, he also has high cholesterol.
lost1977 - on 01 Apr 2013
In reply to stroppygob:

if your going to be using a psyllium husk supplement make sure you start with a very low dose and drink enough water otherwise it will plug you up very easily
balmybaldwin - on 02 Apr 2013
In reply to stroppygob:

It does beg the question why not go to a doctor that specialises in humans?
stroppygob - on 02 Apr 2013
In reply to balmybaldwin: Oh I will be, just that I thought I'd give it a whirl first. Don't forget the buggers charge you over here!
Jimbo W on 02 Apr 2013
In reply to stroppygob:

How high is very high? Do you already have a reasonably high fibre diet (in which case metamucil isn't likely to help). If your cholesterol is very high (high risk category), and not readily responsive to diet etc, go and get yourself on atorvastatin.
stroppygob - on 02 Apr 2013
In reply to stroppygob: 7.5 at the last reading. I have, or thought I had, a reasonably high fibre diet, but anything that helps. I'd prefer to get the cholesterol levels down naturally if poss, but if not I'm happy to go on stains.
Jimbo W on 02 Apr 2013
In reply to stroppygob:

> 7.5 at the last reading. I have, or thought I had, a reasonably high fibre diet, but anything that helps. I'd prefer to get the cholesterol levels down naturally if poss, but if not I'm happy to go on stains.

Give diet a go, for sure, there are other options you can discuss with your doc, such as questran (colestyramine), but personally, as a doctor, I'd be happy to have atorvastatin. My dad had a cholesterol of 14. Good diet + questran, got it down to above 10, introducing simvastatin, got it down to about 7. 3MIs aged 49-51 and 6 stents later, atorvastatin got it down to the low 4s where it remains (except when they tried to put him back on simvastatin, because it was cheaper - his cholesterol shot up again). Atorvastastatin is the best at reducing the cholesterol, but it is more expensive, and for some people simvastatin would be good enough. Downside with atorvastatin is that eating grapefruit gives him a belly ache!
stroppygob - on 02 Apr 2013
In reply to Jimbo W: My thanks for that advice Jimbo, I'm indebted.
stroppygob - on 03 Apr 2013
In reply to stroppygob: Dear God!!!!!

I won't go into details, but this morning's visit to the lavvy was an eye opener to say the least....
stroppygob - on 04 Apr 2013
In reply to stroppygob: I know some here think me full of s**t. Can I assure them that is no longer the case.

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