Cholesterol Numbers... Are They Too Low?
People who take statin drugs to achieve lower
cholesterol numbers stand the risk of having their
cholesterol go too low. New studies show that people
with the lowest cholesterol have a higher risk of
cancer, according to a meta-analysis of over 41,000
patient records from 23 statin drug trials.
Researchers found one extra case of cancer per 1,000
patients with the lowest levels of LDL (low-density
lipoprotein) cholesterol, the so-called �bad�
cholesterol, compared to patients with higher LDL
Past studies have found an increased risk of
Parkinson�s disease among people with extra-low
cholesterol. Meanwhile, statin drugs may cause
damage to the liver and muscles.
Although you would never guess it from watching the
Lipitor, Crestor and Vytorin TV advertisements,
cholesterol is good for us�in the right amounts...and
the cholesterol HDL ratio is more important
than just LDL cholesterol. See
cholesterol numbers and heart disease risk chart.
Dr. Mary Enig, a world renowned biochemist and
pioneer in researching healthy fats and oils relates
some of the little known benefits of cholesterol:
Your body needs cholesterol to make sex hormones.
Could this be why many of those on statin drugs have
a reduced sex drive?
Cholesterol is needed for proper function of
serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is
involved in the biochemistry of depression, bipolar
disorder and anxiety, control of appetite, sleep,
memory and mood.
Cholesterol acts as an antioxidant to protect us
from free radicals. Free radicals attack the artery
walls and contribute to plaque that ends up clogging
It's amazing and somewhat frustrating to me that the
mainstream medical community largely ignores the
most important controllable risks of having a heart
attack or stroke.
If your cholesterol dips too low, you will increase
your risk of depression, stroke, violent behavior,
There is no evidence to support that extremely low
cholesterol levels are beneficial, and increasing
numbers of studies like the one above are pointing
to the risks.
Meanwhile, even if you DID want to lower your
cholesterol, taking statin drugs is the last option
you should consider.
Cholesterol-lowering drugs have
been linked to everything from nerve damage to
Former astronaut, Dr. Graveline (M.D. retired) is
uniquely qualified to discuss the magnitude of
statin drug risks. He suffered transient global
amnesia as a result of being on Lipitor. Dr.
"The legacy of statin drug use at today�s high doses
is a trail of chronic aches, muscle pain, numbness,
weakness, confusion, fatigue, shortness of breath
and even heart failure in hordes of unsuspecting
Statin drugs also deplete the body of beneficial
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), may actually INCREASE the risk
of heart disease.
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effects to keep your cholesterol numbers where they
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