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Is it crazy to stay on my cholesterol med?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 01, 2012 at 6:54 AM

OK, so after 1 month on paleo, my cholesterol has come down slightly and I've got improvement on the HDL and LDL - trigs still a bit too high. I take Trilipix. My question - by taking it, am I defeating the potential benefits of this diet? Am I "working against myself"? My doc feels my trig issue is genetic and wants me to stay on the meds, but also said it really is up to me. Has anyone else gone off his/her med.s and with what results?

Otherwise, I'm so surprised at how much better I feel overall. I've had three bouts of serious diverticulitis in just 6 months, but since I started this I've had nary a twinge! Pain free! And 10 pounds lost.

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on May 01, 2012
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* for some statins, far from all.

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at 05:03 PM

There are some studies that show a decent mortality benefit in males (over 50?) with established CVD. But these are people who are not eating right, exercising, etc. It may well be the anti-inflammatory nature of statins that helps, not even the cholesterol reduction. For everyone else, any cardiovascular mortality reduction, if it is present, is canceled or outweighed by an increase in other mortality causes.

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:56 AM

Not sure how "knocking on death's door" has anything to do with it...

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:54 AM

Why would you want to treat a number instead of underlying causes?

http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2010/7/21/statins-and-the-cholesterol-hypothesis-part-i.html

http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/2/14/a-quick-post-on-fh-and-statins.html

Statins block the production of LDL in the liver. Blocking the body from doing what it thinks needs to be done has consequences. The consequences are an undersupply of cholesterol. Cholesterol has a TON of functions in the body:

-Part of the structure of every cell membrane (It's required to build and maintain cell structure - it's especially important for the myelin sheath protecting neurons)
-Makes vitamin D from sunshine.
-Precursor molecule for bile (to digest fats and absorb vitamins A/D/E/K).
-Precursor molecule for all steroid hormones, including the adrenal gland hormones cortisol and aldosterone, as well as the sex hormones progesterone, estrogens, and testosterone, and their derivatives.

With so many important functions, do you really want to block the production of it?

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on May 01, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Also, cholesterol medications do not have any science to back up that they change anything other than cholesterol levels. I have yet to see a study that shows that ANY cholesterol medication changes overall mortality rates, even if they do "reduce triglycerides" or LDL.

One exception might be the pharmaceutical fish oil on the market, though I haven't researched the difference between that and other fish oils on the market. Also, niacin has been used, which is a B vitamin.

Lastly, a month on Paleo may not be enough time to lower triglycerides, and your post said "a bit too high." How high, and how much did it reduce in that month?

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:03 PM

* for some statins, far from all.

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on May 01, 2012
at 05:03 PM

There are some studies that show a decent mortality benefit in males (over 50?) with established CVD. But these are people who are not eating right, exercising, etc. It may well be the anti-inflammatory nature of statins that helps, not even the cholesterol reduction. For everyone else, any cardiovascular mortality reduction, if it is present, is canceled or outweighed by an increase in other mortality causes.

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on September 18, 2012
at 08:05 AM

ehh.... statins are horrible, did you read the side effects. Also that 180 or 200 limit is an arbitrary number that was pulled out of the air and has no scientific backing. It probably was the pharmaceutical companies that recommend doctors give statins even preemptively (doctors probably get a kick back) We have a doctor that is a friend of a friend and he didn't try to shove statins down my mom throat when her cholesterol was 249 (now its 211 with eating 3 eggs fried in pastured butter or beef tallow a day with ketogenic paleo) however on the flip side my Aunt went to a new doctor with a cholesterol of 185 and gave her a prescription for statins , she didn't take it and the doctor put a report in her file for non-compliance..... really?

Anyway I am rambling...also there is also scientific link to high serum cholesterol and increase of heart disease/attack. There are even tribes that have an avg cholesterol of about 250 and they have way lower incidence of heart disease/attacks than people in the US.

as far as trig, people seem to have success with ketogenic paleo. I'd look into that.

I'd poke around this website it is a Dr. Duane Graveline on Statins its awesome

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on May 01, 2012
at 08:02 AM

Unless you're knocking on death's door, yes, your cholesterol meds are completely unnecessary.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:56 AM

Not sure how "knocking on death's door" has anything to do with it...

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