“Ask Dr. Walt” in Today’s Christian Living “Why choose a statin instead?” (Part 7 of 7)

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“Ask Dr. Walt” in Today’s Christian Living “Why choose a statin instead?” (Part 7 of 7)

I enjoy being penning a bi-monthly column for the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine. In the March 2024 issue I addressed some options on treating high cholesterol in an article titled, “Is Red Rice Yeast the Best Treatment for a Potential Killer – High Cholesterol?”

March 2024 Today’s Christian Living

HERE’S THE LINK to the column which you’ll find on pages 22-23. And below is Part 1 of 7 in the article titled, “Is Red Rice Yeast the Best Treatment for a Potential Killer – High Cholesterol?”:

Why choose a statin instead?

According to the National Institutes of Health the first goal of therapy in people with high cholesterol is a reduction of your LDL. By far and away, prescription statin medications have been proven to be the most effective agents to both normalize lipids, especially to lower LDL levels, and most importantly to prevent cardiovascular events and deaths.

It’s wise to remember the importance of choosing treatments proven to reduce adverse cardiovascular outcomes such as heart attacks, strokes, and premature deaths. Just because a drug or supplement reduces total or LDL cholesterol levels does not always equate to improved cardiovascular morbidity or mortality.

Furthermore, a generic prescription statin is by far the least expensive medication option. Prescription 10 mg statins can cost as little as 7 cents (atorvastatin) or 10 cents (lovastatin). And you’re guaranteed purity and consistency of product. As pointed out earlier, ConsumerLab’s “Top Pick” red yeast rice for value and safety, cost 49 cents per 10 mg of lovastatin.

Here’s the whole series:

Walt Larimore, MD, has been called one of America’s best known family physicians and has been named in the “Guide to America’s Top Family Doctors,” “The Best Doctors in America,” “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare,” and “Who’s Who in America.” He’s a former Vice President and Physician in Residence at Focus on the Family and the American Life League has named him a “Rock-Solid Pro-Life” awardee. He’s also an award-winning medical journalist and the best-selling author of over 40 books. He and his childhood sweetheart and wife of nearly 50 years, Barb, have two adult children and reside in Colorado Springs. You can find Doctor Walt’s health blog at www.DrWalt.com and follow him on Facebook at “DrWalt.com”. Have questions for Dr. Walt? Email them to editor@todayschristianliving.org.

© Copyright WLL, INC. 2024. This blog provides healthcare tips and advice that you can trust about a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.

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