Mike’s most recent lipid panel showed his LDL is elevated at 295 mg/dL. The standard range is <=239 mg/dL. He got a call from his doctor’s nurse wanting him to come in because he “needs to be put on statins immediately”. To cut to the chase, Mike is not on statins and will not be put on statins. We no longer think his high (LDL 217 mg/dL) is cause for concern at this time. Here is some of what we learned about cholesterol and statins. Links are included so you can read more.
Cholesterol is not a bad thing. The body needs cholesterol. It even makes it! That’s right, the liver manufactures a full 75% of the cholesterol in our bodies. Cholesterol is found in every cell and helps make cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids. Cholesterol is vital for neurological function and brain health.
Conventional medicine says there are good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL) but we’ve read and agree that cholesterol is neither good or bad. It is, however, essential for life. Cholesterol is needed by the body to help it heal and repair. No cell can form, stay healthy, or grow without cholesterol.
All cholesterol are lipoproteins – fats combined with proteins to be carried throughout the bloodstream. Cholesterol from our body’s tissues and arteries, cycles back to the liver, where most cholesterol is produced. The liver reuses and recycles cholesterol sending it throughout the body to places where it is needed.
Cholesterol is important for digestion, making hormones, synthesizing vitamin D, maintaining cell membranes, learning, memory and sleep. If your levels are too low, you can’t maintain some of your bodies most critical functions. Plus, studies have shown your risk of cancer and chronic disease dramatically increases.
Statins, on the other hand, tell the liver to quit producing cholesterol, leading the person who takes statins down a road of pain from severe muscle cramping and weakness, reduced neurological function, increased risk of developing diabetes, impaired thinking and more. Statins poison the human biochemistry. There is also apparently a link between statins and alzheimers disease!
Lowering cholesterol is not lowering the rate or risk of heart disease. 50% of patients who suffer a heart attack have normal cholesterol levels. We’re learning that inflamation is the real culprit causing this health issue.
Mike already has diabetes and he’s on the road to recovery. Why on earth would he take statins and damage his liver and pancreas further?
Mike has increased levels of cholesterol and it’s at least in part because of increased inflamation in his body. The cholesterol is there to do a job. It’s there to help his body heal and repair. We are not convinced that removing cholesterol – a vital component of whole body health – is how to proceed, so for now we’re staying the course.