Don’t forget about CoQ10 with your Statin

If you’re taking a statin (Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol, Mevacor, Crestor, etc) to lower your cholesterol or prevent cardiovascular problems, you should seriously consider taking a CoQ10 supplement. You have probably heard about the dangers of high cholesterol, particularly LDL (“bad cholesterol”). Statins work by blocking an enzyme in the liver responsible for creating cholesterol. In 2002, guidelines were published that recommended lower target levels for LDL. Since then, people have also started taking statins to prevent cardiovascular problems, even if they don’t have high cholesterol. Bottom line, lots of people are taking statins and higher doses are being prescribed. The problem is that this increases the chance of side effects. The good news is that taking a CoQ10 supplement can help balance things out. Continue reading “Don’t forget about CoQ10 with your Statin”

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Lower Lipids Naturally

So often I am asked if cholesterol or triglycerides can be lowered without prescription medication. The answer is yes. First, know what your low-density cholesterol (LDL, “bad cholesterol”) is and what it should be. If it is greater than 130, it is probably too high. If it is over 100 and you have one or more risk factors for vascular disease, it is probably too high. If it is over 80 and you have coronary disease or diabetes, it is too high. Risk factors, in addition to diabetes, include hypertension, smoking, family history, elevated CRP (C-reactive protein), and elevated Lp-PLA2 (lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2). I will discuss these further in a later blog. Continue reading “Lower Lipids Naturally”

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