Like "Actually it is through this very way of eating that I have been able to take myself off of my diabetes meds (metformin and actos). My pulse rate has dropped from a resting rate of 89 to a resting rate of 70. Blood pressure is 120/72. My good cholesterol (HDL) was 47. All kidney and liver functions are normal. I lost over 70 lbs and have kept the weight off for over 3 years. And since you mentioned statins for lowering cholesterol please read this: Statin Side Effects Statin side effects have been the subject of much controversy over the past few decades, as more and more research is revealing serious potential adverse reactions from statin medications. For this reason, many people seek natural cholesterol lowering alternatives to avoid statin side effects. What are statin medications and how do they lower cholesterol? Statin medications are prescription drugs that lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Some of the more popular ones are Lipitor, Pravachol, Zocor and Mevacor. Some doctors recommend statin drugs even for patients who don't have high cholesterol as a precaution. Liptor and other statin drugs work by blocking the enzyme that your liver needs to produce cholesterol. Although statins have no effect on HDL (good) cholesterol, they do succeed in lowering your LDL cholesterol. However, statins side effects can be very serious, and doctors should be more cautious when prescribing them for their patients. What are statin side effects? In addition to the common side effects such as headaches, nausea and fever, other statin side effects can be much more serious. FACT: An FDA approved statin called Baycol was recently pulled off the market due to serious side effects and even deaths. Two of the most troubling statin side effects include extreme muscle pain and muscle disease (statin induced myopathy), and serious liver problems. According to an article in USA Today, a consumer watchdog group known as Public Citizen linked "72 fatal and 772 non-fatal cases of muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) to all six of the statins sold between October 1997 and December 2000." Their research also revealed 29 earlier deaths. Because of its effects on liver enzymes, statin side effects may include liver problems. Therefore, anyone with liver disease or prior liver issues probably should not take statin medications, and all of the statin manufacturers warn against it. Other potential statin side effects: Although muscle pain and statins and liver problems are of the most concern, much research has shown that statin side effects could include sexual dysfunction and performance problems, as well as memory loss, personality changes and irritability. Other concerns regarding prescription cholesterol lowering drugs: 1) While cholesterol lowering drugs do lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, they have limited effect on HDL (good) cholesterol, and no effect on triglycerides (fats), an equally important heart disease risk indicator. 2) Statin medications decrease your body's supply of CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which is an essential nutrient for heart strength and function. "