High Cholesterol & Natural Solutions
It has become an accepted fact that greater than 90% of cardiovascular disease (including high cholesterol) is a result of lifestyle and environmental factors. Despite this fact, most treatment ignores the cause of disease and utilizes medications that can have harmful side effects.
There are times when medications like statin drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor are an appropriate last resort to lower cholesterol. However, the use of these medications as a first line of intervention is concerning. There are currently about 47 million people using statin drugs worldwide. These drugs seem to lower total cholesterol by about 18-35%. The majority of people that start using statin drugs are usually on the medication for life.
Despite modest improvement in cholesterol levels, statin drugs have many side effects and many have questioned the effectiveness of these medications in reducing cardiovascular risk. Some of the known side effects include: shoulder pain, jaw pain, kidney disease, neuropathy, muscle damage and weakness, fatigue, memory loss, difficulty walking, shortness of breath, mood swings, and other behavioral disorders.
Elevated cholesterol levels cannot be ignored. However, it is essential to exhaust all the natural alternatives prior to using statin drugs. There are many different reasons why lipid levels can be elevated and it is essential to determine the etiology in each individual case. There are many nutritional products that have demonstrated the ability to lower cholesterol by 12-25%. In combination, natural therapies can often match the reduction in cholesterol obtained by statin drugs without the side effects. Utilizing the proper combination of supplements and uncovering the cause of the problem can often restore cholesterol to normal levels. Diet and exercise habits need to be evaluated as well and modifications may be required. Genetic testing may be necessary in cases where family history is a consideration. These genetic tests can reveal polymorphisms (genetic abnormalities) and provide insight about nutritional weakness and requirements. The gastrointestinal and endocrine (hormonal) systems must be evaluated for dysfunction. Blood chemistry studies, EKG, and ultrasound studies are also essential to help evaluate the level of disease and to create a treatment plan. Alternative treatment of cardiovascular disease is well documented and in many cases can help restore health without the dangers of medication.
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