Thursday, June 6, 2013

High-dose Statin Drugs Lower Cholesterol But Greatly Accelerate Complications

Clinical Guidelines offer the option of using high-dose statin drugs like Crestor to lower the cholesterol as much as possible in high-risk patients. But the guideline does not actually say to prescribe the high dose. Most cardiologists use these high doses routinely. A 6-year study of 8888 patients compared low and high-dose regimens. The high-dose patients actually died slightly earlier than the low-dose patients, and they paid quite a price. The high-dose had more elevated liver enzymes (426 to 186) and stopped treatment due to major adverse events much more often (61 to 7). To be safer yet, you might want to try red yeast rice, a natural statin. See Nutrition and Healing, Vol. 13, Issue 1, February 2006, p.1-2. Celebration of Health Association website

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