Yeah, I took a statin (prevastatin) for a few months, and it did indeed lower my cholesterol by 60 points, from 220 to 160. The ratio was still marginal, but it was in the range that doc's love to see.
That being said, I felt like I had absolutely no energy. My muscles would hurt after doing anything and my aerobic capacity was cut in half, it seemed. I struggled with the decision to go to the gym, and everything I tried was harder- about half the reps at 3/4 the weight of any machine or weight I used to do before the statin.
Then I saw a Dr Oz (yeah, I know) article about the 5 things to eat to lower your cholesterol, each one supposedly would lower your cholesterol 20% (!!??! hard to believe).
So I quit the statin and tried to incorporate as many of the following as I could in my diet:
-50 pistachio's a day (this one is easy)
-Greens (real greens, like collards and mustard greens, one serving a day- which is about 3/4 of a bag from the grocery store 'cause they cook down to nothing)
-Dark meat chicken (OK, not too hard to do either)
-Glucomannan suppliment, 600 mg ( this is basically just fiber- couple of pills before dinner with water)
-Persimmons (yuck. never found a persimmon I could palate, fresh or dried)
End result- cholesterol dropped by the same amount without the statin. And I've been able to maintain most of the drop (to 180 now) by just remembering to do 1) and 4), and adding greens and roasted chicken legs into the meal rotation.