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June 2014

Cholesterol and Statin use

Cholesterol levels have long been a topic of discussion between doctors and patients. Traditional treatment has recommended uses of statins dependent on your cholesterol levels. New guidelines are challenging that notion. These new guidelines go towards doubling the number of recommendations for taking statins. How much attention should you pay to this change? You could be one of the millions of healthy Americans who will now be recommended to take this medication. The expanded definition of who should take the drugs will greatly increase usage. There are already challenges to the risk calculator used for the expanded definition. The side effects of statin use can include hair loss, fatigue, memory loss and lowered sex drive. Artificially lowering your cholesterol by drug use can take your cholesterol to levels which deprive your body of the elements needed to create hormones. It's important to take side effects into consideration when thinking of... Read more →