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Q. What is your opinion on red yeast rice for lowering cholesterol? I have tried statins and cannot take them. A. Red yeast rice contains natural statins at a low dose and can lower cholesterol (Annals of Internal Medicine, June... (Read More)
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Q. I work in the pharmaceutical industry and find your articles on statin side effects scare people unnecessarily. You fail to mention the benefits of lowering cholesterol. Patient stories do not qualify as evidence. A. Your perspective is echoed by... (Read More)
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The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently (November, 2013) introduced new guidelines for the use of statins to prevent heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications. An analysis in The New England Journal of Medicine assessed the... (Read More)
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The headlines have taken our breath away: "Statin Side-Effects Questioned" "Statins do NOT have major side effects, claims study" "Statins Have Virtually No Side-Effects, Study Finds" "Side Effects Reported in Those Taking Statins Are Not Actually Attributable to the Drugs"... (Read More)
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Q. I am a 63-year-old male who competes at the national level in masters bodybuilding. My doctor had me take Crestor for one month and my total cholesterol went from 260 to 189. Sounds good, right? The after-effects of the... (Read More)
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Q. The pain and trauma of erectile dysfunction in a loving relationship cannot be underestimated. I am a mature woman in a relationship with a man I adore who has ED. A blood pressure medication chemically castrated him first. When... (Read More)
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Q. I take statins and I'm glad I do. I have had some of the "problems" people fuss about, but I am pretty sure they are just due to my age. I am 75 and still working. More importantly, I... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column in my local newspaper, the San Antonio Express-News, and enjoy it very much.  I've read some very interesting remedies. Yesterday your column was on foods such as cinnamon to help lower cholesterol. I've been eating cinnamon... (Read More)
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 Q. Dear Joe & Terry Graedon,  Thank you for all the information you make available to the public about alternatives to many pharmaceuticals. You are providing a needed service to the public.  I looked on your website for alternatives to... (Read More)
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Q. I am 44 years old and took simvastatin for five years. I was very active and full of energy before taking simvastatin. Gradually, I lost strength in my body, especially in my left leg. I could hardly raise it... (Read More)
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Q. My nurse practitioner suggested that I start taking Coenzyme Q10 because I am also on simvastatin to control cholesterol. She said it would be beneficial for my muscles and my heart. When I asked my cardiologist, though, he didn't... (Read More)
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 Scientists have been debating the connection between statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs and the risk of cataracts for more than two decades. Early in the development of these medications there was a report that dogs could develop clouded lenses on high doses... (Read More)
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Q. I have had a difficult time controlling my blood lipids, but I really don't want to take the medication my doctor has said I need. He says Crestor will bring my cholesterol down quite easily, but in the past... (Read More)
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Doctors have been uncertain about the side effects of statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs because randomized clinical trials conducted by drug companies have shown relatively few adverse muscle reactions. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that muscle strains, sprains are... (Read More)
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Q. How important is it to lower cholesterol levels to reduce the overall risk of death from heart disease? I worry about the possible unintended consequences of lowering cholesterol if you don't need to. Will it increase the risk of... (Read More)
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Q. I read your column about a healthy patient who was "ordered" by her doctor to take statins because her total cholesterol was 240. I am 56 and also healthy. I walk or run every day and love hiking and... (Read More)
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Q. Several years ago, when my cholesterol was 240, my doctor "ordered" me to take a statin, even though my triglycerides were low and my good HDL high. I pointed out that at age 60, I was able to hike... (Read More)
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Q. At age 71, my mother was taking medicine for diabetes, high cholesterol and a few other conditions. Her doctor changed her statin drug but didn't modify the dose. Within a few months she lost the ability to move from... (Read More)
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Q. Cholesterol-lowering drugs like simvastatin or pravastatin make my muscles weak and my brain foggy. Without statins my brain works fine but my cholesterol climbs. My doctor agrees that I can't tolerate statins but he hasn't offered me anything but... (Read More)
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