Re: cholesterol levels
while Lipitor is a good thing for lowering the numbers, i'm not convinced it is an overall good thing. in a nutshell, that statin blocks the production of the "bad cholesterol", which in turn changes other things. it's not fixing the issue, just preventing something by putting a bandaid on it. I have read that lower cholesterol levels have been associated with higher rates of cancer. statin drugs block the synthesis of mevalonate, which is vital in the body's synthesis of cholesterol. blocking this step, every following step is also blocked. the synthesis of Coenzyme and squalene, both precursors to cholesterol, is also blocked. Coenzyme Q10 is very important for heart function, as it acts as an antioxidant in conjunction with Vitamin E. it is important in energy metabolism in the function of muscles, which is why muscle pain is a common side effect of statin drugs. i'm not saying it is going to really hurt you if you take it but it takes away from other functions by lowering the numbers chemically. working out and cardio and diet will help but only so much, as it is genetics mainly. what is good for someone else may not be good for you. that is why the numbers are used as a scale, or starting point of reference. i don't think i will be going on lipitor even if my dr. wants me to. i have heard of too many other people having other issues because of it...again, not saying it's a bad thing. if it's life or death, yes, i'll take it, after researching it even more, but i will prevent it for as long as i can.