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American Heart Association’s Calculator Overestimates Need for Statins

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  • Cholesterol is necessary to optimal life and found in almost every cell in your body; it’s used to protect your nervous system, produce hormones and digest your food
  • The American Heart Association (AHA) developed an online tool used by consumers and physicians that is recommending statin medication using factors that are unsupported by research
  • Statin medications have been linked to a reduction in neurological and cognitive function, increased aggression and mood swings in women and calcification of your coronary arteries, increasing your risk of heart disease

By Dr. Mercola

Cholesterol is a wax-like substance found in almost every cell in your body, including your brain and neurological system. Your body requires cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, digest your food, protect your nerves and produce cell membranes.


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