I have had high cholesterol now on and off for two years. I read about how to bring it down. The total cholesterol is usually 130 or under..that is I believe considered normal. After a hysterectomy and staying home recovering my cholesterol went up to 270 which is very high. My doctor immediately put me on lipitor a cholesterol lowering medication which has very good results. I studied on the internet other ways to reduce my cholesterol which included reduce your intake of fat, greasy food or food cooked in grease and take garlic pills ( I found garlic pills at a local dollar store for one dollar) I took a couple of those after I ate every day and I tried to exercise more but it was difficult because I was still recovering from the surgery. In three months my cholesterol level was down to 150 which is much better. It is very important to bring your cholesterol down as it puts you at risk for heart attacks or heart trouble. Fish, especially salmon and fruits and vegetables are very good for you.Please go to your search engine and look up cholesterol and high cholesterol and read as much as you can on how you can reduce it. I am suprised your physician didn't prescribe lipitor as it has such a good reputation and has little side effects. I had no adverse reaction to lipitor. Also eliminate fatty foods, like candy, chocolate and ice cream and whole milk products. If you are unable to exercise try taking walks so you can get some kind of exercise. With your other medical problems it is especially important to try to get your cholesterol down to a more healthy level. Some physicians don't believe in the garlic, but I am proof it helped. There are also some natural vitamin supplements that can help bring your cholesterol down. Check it out at a natural food/vitamin store. Good luck.