High cholesterol treatment guidelines push statins over combination treatments

Nov 12, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: CBS News

High cholesterol is a health problem for an estimated 71 million Americans, and how some of them are treated may soon be changing.

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Dr Stephen Sinatra

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Nov 14, 2013
 
While many aspects of these new guidelines concern me, one of the biggest is the concerns I have is the recommendation to use statin in people with diabetes. First off, statins can actually contribute to type 2 diabetes. In fact, last year the FDA began requiring statin manufacturers to put a diabetes warning on their labels. So giving statins to people who already have diabetes doesn’t make sense.
Plus, the data demonstrates that for men with diabetes statin drug use can lead to calcification of the coronary arteries. There’s also documented evidence that cataracts are more common in those taking statin drugs. And since people with diabetes are already more prone to cataracts, the use of statins for this population can be harmful.
A far better intervention for people with type 2 diabetes, or pre-diabetes, is lifestyle changes—including diet therapy; weight reduction; avoidance of sugars; exercise; use of raw foods, particularly vegetables; and targeted nutritional supplements.
On my blog I actually went through each of the guidelines one-by-one outlining my concerns: http://ow.ly/qN2vv .
Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Board Certified Cardiologist
Assistant Clinical Profession, Connecticut University School of Medicine

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Bangalore, India

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Nov 14, 2013
 
The new guidelines recommend cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins to four groups of patients who have the greatest odds of preventing heart attack and stroke on the drugs.
Gluten free and loving it

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Nov 15, 2013
 
sammintu1985 wrote:
The new guidelines recommend cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins to four groups of patients who have the greatest odds of preventing heart attack and stroke on the drugs.
I won't take them. I've been on many of these cholesterol reducing drugs and all caused side effects and some of those were serious enough to stop taking them. My doctor doesn't seem to know or refuses to acknowledge the level of prescription Synthroid I should be on to better regulate my thyroid. Perhaps my T 4s are not converting to T 3s properly. I don't know unless I see a specialist on this matter. My doctor says a specialist or Endocrinologist wouldn't be able to do anything more for me then he is doing. I tend to disagree. Anyway, I think because my thyroid isn't up to par, which is why I'm feeling sluggish and my lipids are really high even with they current dose of Synthroid I'm on, I still need to see a specialist.
humanSpirit

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Dec 30, 2013
 
No none seems to mention the memory loss by the Statin drugs nor address the (ALEC) politics of the drugs
humanSpirit

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