Hi guys. I'm 41 - probably need to lose about 25 pounds and live a relatively-easy life. It's not without stress (I have four kids) and I'm a bit of a control freak. I am prone to anxiety attacks and I'm a bit of a hypocondriac (well, just worried all the time about every little pain)....but anyway, for as long as I can remember, my cholesterol has NEVER been below 200, even when I was in my early 20's...and I weighed like 35 pounds less then! My Mom had extremely high cholesterol (over 400) and was on meds, as well as my Dad is currently on them as well. So it DOES run in my family. I absolutely DO NOT exercise nearly as much as I should. I never go to the gym - but I'm never sitting still....well, except when I'm on TPF and that's too much. I should get out and walk - do SOMETHING. Anyway, my cholesterol was at like 262 and my HDLs (the good) were too low, my LDSs (bad) were too high. I DON'T have a sweet tooth, and know the drills about olive oil, fats, you name it. I know. I even drink my two tablespoons of flaxseed every day....but today my doctor mentioned going on Vytorin because it's probably heriditary (my Mom also died from a severe stroke last year and my Dad's already had a stent put in his heart for blocked arteries).... I guess I was just nervous about going on it because I barely take Tylenol when I have a headache. There are all kinds of ideas on how to beat cholesterol naturally, etc., and that's great. I know I need to get out there more and just exercise - and my doctor's not even all that concerned about "weight numbers"....just getting your waist circumfrence down because that's what does it. I know there can be side affects, but he said that they're rare - and frankly, the other option for the side effects is dying of a heart attack or stroke, so he thought it might be a good idea for me to do it. He put me on the lowest possible dose of Vytorin because he said that's a pretty strong med. He was going to do Lipitor, but I mentioned that I liked the way it didn't allow the body to absorb the cholesterol so much. I'm so afraid I'm going to hurt my body by taking this!!! But am I doing more harm in not? My BP is normal 110/70 - my heart rate is good....I don't know what else to think.... Any advice????