Statin drug use hase been associated with increased risk of musculoskeletal injuries, including an increased risk of dislocations, strains, and sprains, according to a new analysis from the Journal of the American Medical Association. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx
The study reports the findings are concerning because Statin drugs are being advocated widely for use in a “preventative” way for young people at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. This would open them up to a large range of possible injuries and musculoskeletal damage. Many people cannot take statin drugs as a very common side effect is rhabdomyolysis, a painful condition where muscle tissue is destroyed. This study suggests that less dramatic musculoskeletal complications are also connected to statin use weakening tissue.
Naturopathic medicine is very good at lowering blood lipids. At Human Reconstruction we do a cutting edge lipid analysis called Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Testing of lipid particles to determine which are high, and we can then give specific advice about how to lower them most effectively with dietary, lifestyle, and supplements.
My favorite “supplement” known to increase some HDL (good cholesterol) particles is red wine. Others available are Red Rice Yeast, Fish Oil, and supplements which help to lower blood glucose, a contributing factor to high cholesterol.
If you are discouraged because you have tried some of the natural cholesterol medications before, and did not have success, you still may want to meet with one of our doctors, as they are better trained than vitamin store clerks, and can suggest the best way for you to lower your lipids based on evidence based medicine and clinical experience.