I recently had a blood test and found my cholesterol level was 272, HDL 44 and LDL 183. Should I be on medication? How serious is this?
What you have brought up is a major issue that is widely misunderstood.
There is no scientific correlation between total cholesterol level and heart disease. Total cholesterol levels in the 300s and above still have no correlation with heart disease. A good study done on elderly women demonstrated that levels of 272 (how coincidental is that?) imparted the longest longevity, inferring those levels were the most healthy.
Statin medications do reduce cholesterol levels, and (in a very minimal way) reduce heart disease, but not because of the reduction in cholesterol levels. It is because statins are antioxidants, albeit expensive antioxidants.
The statin medications also interfere with the production of energy in the body, which is why people on statins typically become fatigued after a few months on the medication. The muscle pain is related to the production of insufficient energy production, and the deaths associated with statins are related to muscle breakdown leading to kidney failure when the muscle proteins are excreted out the urine. You should not be on statin medications. Talk with your physician or get one who understands how our body energy, cholesterol, statins, and inflammation are interconnected.
I do most everything possible to lower cholesterol – but cannot take statins. Am on Zetia but a new Dr* says I should try a statin again. Hesitant to do it -they got me to the point of looking at the clock to see when I could take the next handful of ibuprofin for muscle pain. Any ideas?
First of all you need to understand there is no relationship between total cholesterol levels and heart disease, and since the only reason you want your cholesterol levels lower is because you have been told that will reduce your risk of heart disease or make you healthy (neither of which is true), there is no reason to take statins. To learn more, type “cholesterol” or “statins” in the search box on the upper right hand side of this page to read past articles about this.
In fact, lower cholesterol levels increase your risk of dying earlier, and statins make that even worse. An excellent study was done on women in their 60s and 70s to determine the ideal cholesterol level for longevity. They found a level of 272 was ideal, and women lived the longest who had that level.
Statins interfere with the production of CoQ10, which is at the core of the major energy-producing system in your body, the electron transport chain. When the energy goes down in your body, your muscles will feel it first, as they demand high amounts of energy. If you feel obligated to ‘try to get your levels down,’ try the following:
- red yeast rice,
as they do reduce the level.