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What are statins?

Tuesday January 28, 2014 at 9:03am
Statins Lower Cholesterol

Statins are a group of drugs which are used to lower cholesterol. Statins can lower bad cholesterol by up to 50% and increase good cholesterol by up to 15%.

Why do people need to lower cholesterol?

Too much bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL) in your blood means you have an increased risk of heart disease. Excess LDL cholesterol in your blood results in it being deposited in the arteries. As it gets worse you have a higher risk of getting blocked arteries and suffering a heart attack.

Are there other ways to lower cholesterol?

Absolutely - statins shouldn't really be the first point of call.

  • Eat a low fat diet with as little saturated fat as possible
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight

Are there any side effects of statins?

As with any drugs there is always the risk of side effects. Statins are known to affect the production of an enzyme called Coenzyme Q10 which is produced in the liver. Co-Q10 is found in almost every cell in the body and is responsible for energy production in your muscles.

Taking statins can often leave people feeling lethergic and low on energy, GPs are increasingly recommending that people take a Coenzyme Q10 supplement to combat this issue.

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1 Comment

Thursday February 26, 2015 at 7:26am by Terry Davies
Hi,I was on various statins up to a few years ago,but suffered night cramps,headaches & was very lethegic,so I told my doctor & have been ok since.
Replied to on: Thursday February 26, 2015 at 9:29am
Yes, it would certainly make sense to discuss any negative symptoms with your GP.
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