My first year teaching I fell off the wagon of healthy eating and exercise, I ate crap and was sedentary most of the year and as a result I put on 20 lb. of fat. At the end of the year I went for my once every 10 years physical and my cholesterol was 220. The doctor was adamant that I start tacking cholesterol meds. I told him that my diet and exercise were to blame and that I was gonna fix it with diet and exercise. We actually got into an argument there in his office over it because he said I had to take the meds and I refused.
I didn't take his meds and I never went back to him again. I cleaned up my diet, started exercising regularly, and dropped the 20 lb. When I went for my next physical, 10 years later , my cholesterol was 170, my blood pressure was great, and my BMI was on point.
If I had listened to the doctor instead of common sense I would be taking a bunch of pills to this day when none were needed.