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The Oxidized Cholesterol Strategy

by Regina Fancy (2019-11-26)

Researchers do not know why statin use can lead to The Oxidized Cholesterol Strategy Review myopathy in some patients, although they do know that certain factors may raise that risk. Such factors include high doses of the statin drugs, old age, vigorous exercise or taking certain other drugs along with the statins, and these include some cancer drugs and antibiotics. However that may be, this association of statins with muscle weakness cannot but be cause for concern because the heart is also a muscle! Cholesterol is made in the liver and statins work to lower cholesterol by blocking the chemical pathway in the liver that makes it. But that same pathway also makes something called co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 is key to the process of making energy in all the major muscles - including the heart. The heart evidently uses a big amount of CoQ10 and there is a correlation between the severity of heart failures in people who have the lowest CoQ10 levels. This reduction of CoQ10 levels, then, may well be the cause of the muscle weakness. The other functions of CoQ10 (such as the stabilization of cell membranes) may be behind other Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) reported for statins, such as gastrointestinal upsets, liver problems, cataracts, loss of memory and peripheral nerve damage.Thus, if you are on statins, one way you can help yourself is to supplement CoQ10 - discuss this with a qualified nutritionist. Most doctors will not be useful as so few of them appear to know much about nutrition - bizarre as that may sound!