Lipitor alternatives?

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Sogno
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   Posted 4/17/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone on here had any success lowering their cholesterol with (natural) alternatives to Lipitor? I guess I should specify " (natural) alternatives" as non-prescription (I'm not wanting to take Zocor, Crestor, etc, either.). My doctor is really pushing the Lipitor, but I'm having a real hard time wrapping my brain around taking anything that could mess up my muscles, heart, liver and memory. Yikes!

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/17/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Lipitor is one of the safest statins on the market and one of the best ones for diabetics. Because diabetes is more than just "high blood sugar" but an actual syndrome that affects the kidneys, arteries, eyesight, and leads to neuropathy, erectile dysfunction and a host of other maladies, I prefer to take the proven drug vs. something "natural".

Sogno, I learned in nursing school that if the drug companies were trying to get aspirin on the market today it would be almost impossible because of all of the side effects. Side effects are listed to help you evaluate your options. If you read the drug studies you will find that the incidence of problems is very low vs. the high rate of improvements the patients experienced. The general rule is that anything that works isn't safe for everyone. So basically you're looking at almost certain heart disease vs. possible muscle problems that can be monitored with blood tests. You just have to choose your poison, I guess.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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ceebee
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   Posted 4/17/2008 11:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, I was on both lipitor and crestor and both were eating my muscles away(hey, the heart is a muscle too). I am trying to control the cholesterol with eating. I'll let you know how this works.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/18/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Ceebee,
That stinks BIG TIME!!!. Atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis are two of our worst enemies as diabetics because of our goofed up lipid profiles and vascular irregularities caused by the disease. I am of two minds here, though. I watched my mom-in-law linger for many years with a terminal disease and it was miserable. My aunt went in to take a nap and died in her sleep from a massive coronary... I guess I'd choose the heart attack over the lengthy illness.

I know you can lower the amount of cholesterol you take in with eating, but what do you do about the cholesterol that your body naturally produces? You are between a rock and a hard place! You deserve a badge for bravery!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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