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FDA Approves Potentially Disastrous Cholesterol-Lowering Drug

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  • A new class of dangerous cholesterol lowering agents called PCSK9 inhibitors increases your liver’s ability to remove low-density lipoprotein (LDL) from your blood by inactivating PCSK9, a high-level metabolic regulator in the liver
  • Results from a 78-week long study shows the PCSK9 inhibitor alirocumab (Praluent) causes higher incidence of many of the same side effects as statins
  • Some researchers warn this new class of drugs may promote liver problems, cancer, and health problems associated with cholesterol- and sulfate-deficiency

By Dr. Mercola

One in three Americans aged 40 and over take a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, and nearly half of people over age 75 are on them, despite their risks, and the fact that "high" cholesterol is not always the enemy it's made out to be.


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