My physician reviewed my current diet of toxic waste and suggested, "If it tastes good, spit it out!" Most of my exercise is accomplished with a knife and fork, so I've increased alternate exercise levels. My suggestion that these were not "bad" cholesterol levels but simply "misunderstood" was immediately refuted.
I've learned the statin medications (Atorvastatin, Pravastatin, Rosuvastatin) have an unpleasant side-effect of diarrhea for me. I've discussed it with my doctor and he understands why I prefer not to take these prescriptions, but underscores the necessity to modify my diet.