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Hi Flyer99

First of all, by taking any substance whether natural or chemical that inhibits the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, many people (myself included) see an initial one or two point drop of High-density lipoprotein. This is to be expected.

Your HDL is very low and is affecting the most important ratio, the Triglyceride/HDL. Your current ratio is 3.12 and places you in the moderate/high risk category. Must aim to get this to =<1.0
Aim at, as you are already aware, increasing your HDL and also attack the Trigs.
Lots of info on this site to successfully accomplish these two goals. ie: No oil except Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Cut out Omega 6. Increase the intake of Omega 3 oils to at least a 1gram combination of EPA/DHA daily. Basically, emulate the Mediterranean diet, whether from natural food or from liquid/pills.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) increases HDL, but is not recommended to be taken alongside a Statin because of interaction.

HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors inhibit the production of Co-enzyme Q10, which is needed by all muscles in the body. Lacking COq10 leads to breakdown of muscle tissue. Biggest muscle?.....The heart. Lots of info on the supplementation of Coq10 here also.

Muscle pain and damage is a much wider side effect than is documented. Some people experience muscle pain after one or two doses of a statin. Some, it takes a couple of years for it to develop. Sufficient intake of COq10 should counteract this particular side effect of Statins.

Don't know if you are aware of this or not, but 70-75% of heart attack victims have normal cholesterol levels.

It's your body, it's your choice whether to take a Statin drug or not.

I would really recommend researching 'arterial inflammation'......and in particular, oxidized LDL cholesterol.


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