Elevated blood cholesterol levels are associated with a significant increase in risk for heart attack, Australia’s number one killer of both men and women.
The number one method for management of elevated cholesterol is via the use of medication known as statins – drugs designed to lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Recent evidence suggests however that both men and women place too much faith in the ability of statins to lower their risk of both heart disease and heart attack, with statins contributing to a minimisation but not elimination of risk
Additionally, side effects associated with statin use can include stomach irritation, muscle pain, muscle and or liver damage, and long term use is also associated with more than double the risk of breast cancer in women.
In medical research trials however, diet has been shown to lower risk of heart attack risk by up to 95%, with researchers suggesting that the safest and most effective form of management for elevated cholesterol, and the most effective management for lowering cholesterol and heart attack risk, is dietary change.
Have a look at the following 4 minute you tube clip which gives an overview of the effectiveness, and side effects of statins:
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