Should You Take a Statin Drug?

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
Statin drugs are regularly prescribed for lowering cholesterol.  If you’re on a statin drug, the generic name of it will end in ‘statin’, even though the prescribed name may be something else:
  • atorvastatin (Lipitor),
  • fluvastatin (Lescol, Lescol XL),
  • lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev),
  • pravastatin (Pravachol),
  • rosuvastatin (Crestor),
  • simvastatin (Zocor), and.
  • pitavastatin (Livalo).

If you’ve had a heart attack, a statin drug may be a very good thing to be on to protect your heart from another attack.  But what if you have some high cholesterol readings?  Is a statin drug a must?

First of all, know your numbers.
You will get 4 numbers with your cholesterol report.
HDL – good cholesterol – should be 50+
LDL – bad cholesterol – should be <100
VLDL – very bad cholesterol – usually 10 or less
Total Cholesterol – the sum total of the above 3 numbers.
Second, find your ratio.  This will determine how out of balance your cholesterol is:
Divide the Total Cholesterol by the HDL.  The answer is your ratio, which should be 4.0 or lower.
Example:  200 total cholesterol /50 HDL = 4.0.
                 240 total cholesterol/ 75 HDL = 3.2
          180 total cholesterol/ 30 HDL = 6.0
Which cholesterol shows a better overall balance?  In this example, it is the higher total cholesterol.
If your doctor/nurse simply tells you the total cholesterol, ALWAYS ask for the full breakdown!!  Some physicians look at a 240 number and want to put you on a statin immediately, when it is not necessary.
WHY stay off statins?
Statin drugs are meant to lower cholesterol in the body.  Your body actually NEEDS some cholesterol to function well.  The brain is made up of about 60% cholesterol and that fat is needed to help your mental acuity.  So researchers are finding that there is a direct correlation between people using statin drugs and then developing some sort of brain dementia, alzheimers, or other!
Next post:  Lifestyle Changes to Help you lower your cholesterol
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