March 24, 2023

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And use of statins first understand cholesterol i’ve heard statins referred to as wonder drugs that we should put in our drinking water do they deserve this reputation statins are worth two columns because so many seniors take them this is the first installment we’ll begin with background on cholesterol cholesterol is a fat like substance in blood you needed to

Produce cell membranes protect nerves and make hormones the body can make all the cholesterol it needs most cholesterol is made by your liver you also get cholesterol from foods such as meat eggs and dairy products too much cholesterol is dangerous because cholesterol can lead to blockages in your blood vessels cholesterol is transported through the bloodstream

In packages called lipoproteins low-density lipoproteins ldl deliver cholesterol to the body high-density lipoproteins hdl remove cholesterol from the bloodstream ldls are often described as bad cholesterol hdl sr called good cholesterol if there are too many ldls in the blood they will combine with other material in your bloodstream to manufacture plaque a waxy

Crud that builds up on the inner walls of the blood vessels that feed your brain and heart when this build-up occurs you have a condition called atherosclerosis which is commonly referred to as hardening of the arteries if a clot forms in blood vessels narrowed by plaque it can block blood flow which can cause a heart attack or stroke the recommended levels of

Cholesterol are as follows total cholesterol levels should be less than 200 milligrams per deciliter megagram per deciliter stands for milligram per deciliter borderline high is defined as between 200 and 239 milligrams per deciliter you’re risking heart disease if your reading is 240 milligrams per deciliter or more ldl cholesterol levels should be less than 130

Milligrams per deciliter borderline high is between 130 and 159 milligrams per deciliter there’s heart disease risk if your reading is 160 milligrams per deciliter or more hdl cholesterol levels should be at 60 milligrams per deciliter are hired to cut the risk of heart disease you’re at high risk for heart disease if you have a reading less than 40 milligrams per

Deciliter if your total cholesterol level is high because of high ldl s you may be at higher risk of heart disease or stroke if your total level is high only because of a high hdl s you’re probably not at higher risk some physicians use the ratio of total cholesterol to hdl s the ratio is obtained by dividing the hdl s into the total cholesterol the goal is to keep

The ratio below five to one statins which are also known as hmg co-reductase inhibitors are drugs that reduce cholesterol by blocking the liver substance responsible for making cholesterol statins may also help your body reabsorb cholesterol that has accumulated on your artery walls statins are relatively safe for most people some of the best-known statins include

Simvastatin zuker atorvastatin lapita lovastatin mevacor pravastatin profit all receive a statin crestor and fluvus statin less call your cholesterol level as just one number doctors consider before prescribing a statin if your only risk for heart attack or stroke is high cholesterol you may not need medication other risk factors are lifestyle age family history of

Heart attack and stroke smoking weight blood pressure diabetes narrowing of arteries in your neck extremities and overall health changes to your lifestyle such as quitting smoking and exercising may have a greater impact on reducing risk of heart disease and stroke than medication alone statins can have potential side effects such as liver damage pain in muscles

And joints constipation nausea and diarrhea those who take statins have their liver function tested periodically thanks for watching hope you enjoyed and learned something new

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