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Cholesterol Managers Want to Double Statin Prescriptions

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

cholesterol managers want to double statin prescriptions

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  • A recent study by Duke University found nearly 25% of those who meet eligibility requirements for statin prescriptions are not offered them; some patients are declining the medications citing fear of side effects
  • Lead author Dr. Marie Navar believes public fear is out of proportion to the actual risks, despite a long and impressive number of studies citing scientific evidence of the increased risks of heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes and memory loss
  • The way in which statins reduce cholesterol levels, by blocking production in the liver, also impacts your vitamin K2 and CoQ10 levels, ultimately increasing your risk for health conditions associated with vitamin K2 and CoQ10 deficiency
  • Your high-density lipoproteins (HDL) to cholesterol and your triglyceride to HDL ratios, as well as your ferritin and gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) levels, are better indicators of your risk of heart disease than your total cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein level

Cholesterol is found in nearly every cell in your body. This waxy substance is vital for optimal functioning of cell membranes, regulating protein pathways and supporting brain health, hormone levels and reducing your heart disease risk. Your body also uses cholesterol to manufacture vitamin D after being exposed to the sun.

As Zoe Harcombe, Ph.D., has noted, "It is virtually impossible to explain how vital cholesterol is to the human body. If you had no cholesterol in your body you would be dead." The majority of the cholesterol in your body, approximately 80%, is manufactured in your liver, suggesting your body cannot survive without it.

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