Why Shouldn't I Take Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs?

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Cholesterol, Q&As, Heart Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You've mentioned ways to reduce cholesterol levels. Rather than change my diet, I've started using a cholesterol-lowering drug which seems to be doing a very good job. Why should I give up the things I enjoy when there's an easier way?

 

The only "easy" way to reduce cholesterol levels is to correct the problem, which is our diet. The "easy" way is not to treat the symptoms (cholesterol build-up).

Drugs force an action on the body that is sometimes necessary, but in this case you're playing with a time bomb. One thing that happens with cholesterol-lowering drugs is that they stop the chain of reactions that enable the body produce cholesterol. As a result, it stops one step short and forms desmosterol instead. Therefore, you don't have cholesterol, but this demosterol build-up—and it can cause cataracts in the eyes!

When you avoid the true cause of a problem—and just concentrate on treating the symptoms—you will end up chasing symptom after symptom for the rest of your life. Don't burn down the barn to get rid of the rats!

Read more about the risks of cholesterol drugs.

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