Ask a Doctor: Risks, Prevention of High Cholesterol
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August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /


TO PAY FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT. ♪ ♪ EVERY THURSDAY, TAKING A LOOK AT HEALTH ISSUE OR CONCERN AFFECTING MANY PEOPLE. BREAKING DOWN THE INFORMATION FOR AND TELLING YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY. DR. CLAN DRA KALANI BRADY JOINS US. CHOLESTEROL AND STATINS. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO MONITOR OUR CHOLESTEROL? CHOLESTEROL IS A MAJOR RISK FACTOR FOR HEART DISEASE. AS IMPORTANT AS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. AS A PROBLEM IS THAT FOR US, IT’S CHOLESTEROL IS SILENT. YOU NEVER TELL IF YOUR CHOLESTEROL IS GOING UP. AND THEREFORE, THERE MIGHT BE A TEMPTATION ON THE PART OF THE PATIENT TO SAY, I CAN’T FEEL IT. WHY SHOULD I TAKE A MEDICINE THAT MIGHT HAVE SIDE EFFECTS FOR A DISEASE I DON’T FEEL? AND THE PROBLEM IS THAT ONCE YOU HAVE THIS KILLER HEART ATTACK, KIND OF TOO LATE. ONCE YOU’RE DEAD. JUST START CHOLESTEROL LOWERING MEDICATION. SO YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT IT AS THE PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE. THE SAME WAY THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LOOK AT VITAMINS FOR PREVENTION, LOOK AT THIS STATIN FOR PREVENTION BECAUSE IT’S TREATING A SILENT PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE. WHAT EXACT DOES IT DO? IT LOWERRERS THE BAD CHOLESTEROL WHICH IS CALLED LL AND MODEST LDL AND MODESTLY RAISE DOLLARS HD L, WHICH IS THE GOOD CHOLESTEROL Kristine: YOU TALK ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS. WHAT MEDICATIONS HAVE THEM. WHAT DO STATINS HAVE RARE SIDE EFFECT OF MUSCLE ACHES AN PAINS. PROBLEM WITH THAT IS AS WE ALL AGE, WE ALL HAVE A MUSCLE ACHES AND PAINS. Kristine: UNFORTUNATELY. IT’S NOT NECESSARILY DUE TO THE CHOLESTEROL LOWERING MEDICINE. STATIN. IT MAY BE DUE TO AGE AND JUST OLDER JOINTS AND MUSCLES. HOWEVER, I HAVE HUNDREDS OF PATIENTS IN MY PRACTICE WHO HAVE COMPLAINED THAT’S CHOLESTEROL WHICH STARTED A MONTH AGO, HAS MADE ACHES AND PAINS BAD WHEN THEIR ACHES AND PAINS HAVE BEEN BAD FOR YEARS. Kristine: SO ARE THEY SAFE TO USE? ARE THERE ANY STUDIES THAT CAN SHOW US HARD CONSEQUENCES THAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF WE TAKE STATIN? IT’S YES. PLACEBO RANDOMIZED DOUBLE BLINDED STUDY MEANS STUDY WHERE YOU PUT PATIENTS BEGINNING EITHER ON THE STATIN OR A PLACEBO. SUGAR PILL. AND IN THAT KIND OF STUDY, WITH 10,000 PATIENTS, THERE WAS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS DRUG, STATIN AND THE PLACEBO IN TERMS OF ACHES AND PAINS. AND THE OTHER HAND, WHEN THEY HAVE STUDIES THAT AREN’T DOUBLE BLINDED, AND THE PATIENT KNOWS THAT THEY’RE ON A STATIN, THEY HAVE MORE ACHES AND PAINS. FEW TO THE STATIN AND THEN THEY STOP THE STATIN AND PUT THEMSELVES AT RISK FOR HEART ATTACK. MORE PSYCHOLOGICAL SIDE CERTAINLY NOT DUE TO THE STATIN ITSELF. THIS IS ATORBI STATIN. I TALKED ABOUT. I TAKE THIS TO LOWER MY CHOLESTEROL BECAUSE YOU WANT A KILLER HEART ATTACK. Kristine: WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE WE GET THAT STATIN MEDICATION, PEOPLE CAN DO THINGS, CHANGE THEIR D.O.T. AND LIFESTYLE TO LOWER NUMBER — CHANGE THEIR DIET AND LIFESTYLE TO LOWER NUMBERS SOME OF IT GENETIC. HARD TO CHANGE THAT. CAN’T CHANGE YOUR GENES. AVOIDANCE, DIET WE’RE GOING TO SEE IS A WONDERFUL DIET TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL. AND IT’S A NATURAL WAY DO IT. AND YOU MAY NOT NEED THE STATIN UNFORTUNATELY, IN MY HOUSEHOLD, MY WAHINE BASICALLY SERVES UP VEGETABLES AND FRUITS FOR TWO OUT OF EVERY THREE MEALS A DAY. AND MY CHOLESTEROL ISN’T LOWER ENOUGH JUST ON THE DIET. SO I NEED A STATIN. BUT THIS KIND OF DIET IS A LONG WAY TOWARD MODERATING IT IN A NATURAL WAY. Kristine: THEY’RE COMING UP AGAIN IN THE NEXT SEGMENT. DR. BRADY APPROVED. THAT’S SOMETHING MONEY CAN’T BUY. THANK YOU DR. BRADY. LOW BACK PAIN. Kristine: I KNOW IN A ONE TOO.


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