Is Treatment with Cholestral Drugs Worth it?

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2013-07-26 08:11:42 -0500
Started 2013-07-20 07:31:50 -0500

Quite a few pros and cons have been showing up regarding cholestral drugs lately. I personally avoid drugs whenever it makes sense to do so. When does it make sense to take a cholestral medication such as a Statin for example? Sometimes, one can be better off with a given medication, than without it. Here is a link that just might help you to make a wise decision.

21 replies

Armourer 2013-07-26 01:11:40 -0500 Report

Ten years ago I volunteered to participate in seeing if taking a cholesterol drug (zocor) and tricor would help lower readings. I started at 234 and when the tests were over two years later my cholesterol had lowered to 134. Several years went by and my numbers dropped to 96. Then a period of financial problems and I dumped the cholesterol drugs for six months and my readings rocketed to 172. Changed docs and the new doc put me on a different cholesterol drug a generic tricor and my numbers have dropped to 112. So for me it is essential that I take a cholesterol drug.

jigsaw 2013-07-26 08:11:42 -0500 Report

About 20 years ago, a blood test showed my triglycerides to be extremely high (750). My LDL and HDL levels were not good either. For a few years, I was able to get my cholesterol and triglyceride levels into a healthy range with only diet and exercise. Eventually, my triglyceride levels started to creep upwards to unhealthy levels , regardless of my efforts through diet and exercise. As of today, the only way that I have been able to control my triglycerides is with medication. I have been on Lipitor for quite a few years, with no known adverse effects. I would say that if there are any adverse effects taking place, it's probably not worse than getting atherosclerosis, which is related to high triglycerides, or even a possible heart attack. My triglycerides are currently around 50-80. Like you, I have made my choice.

Nick1962 2013-07-20 19:30:40 -0500 Report

I'm taking a maintenence dose combo pill for BP & cholesterol, and there is a difference when I don't. Blood pressure goes up over what I'd consider long-term healthy.
At least until I can safely retire and spend my days in a fishing boat, I think it may just be the choice of the lesser of two evils for me. But no, I don't feel comfortable taking them.

jigsaw 2013-07-21 04:54:47 -0500 Report

I retired, spent time on a fishing boat, and I still have to take blood pressure medication! Oh well.
Seriously though, I don't mess around with blood pressure, that's definitely a priority!

Nick1962 2013-07-21 15:41:55 -0500 Report

Yeah, and with my family pre-disposition I'm not sure just how I could get away from it.
Funny, you never hear of things like high blood pressure among other mammals, I'll have to find out why.

jigsaw 2013-07-22 07:06:30 -0500 Report

That is an interesting point concerning other mammals. I'm sure someone somewhere has taken the time to read other mammalian blood pressures. I will definitely look into it , just out of curiosity.

Nick1962 2013-07-22 12:11:24 -0500 Report

From what I've read so far, mammalian illnesses (us humans excluded) are pretty rare due to an animals consistent diet and they only eat what their bodies have evolved to process.

jigsaw 2013-07-22 17:24:42 -0500 Report

Sounds logical. It's exactly what many humans don't do. On the other hand, animals are gravely affected by pollution that seems to migrate into their systems regardless of their diet, and often a result of their diet and big industry.
I know I'm sounding negative, but one has to look at the facts to find positive ways and answers. So you see, I am actually being positive by looking at the negatives! (-;

Nick1962 2013-07-22 18:28:25 -0500 Report

True. But they don't smoke, drink, eat twinkies, take supplements or eat preservatives. Like us, i suspect that they have developed some form of immunities.

jigsaw 2013-07-23 06:46:31 -0500 Report

Don't know about that! I ran into a silverback while in the jungles of Africa, during a safari. When he attacked, I offered him a twinkie, and he walked away with a smile while eating a twinkie!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-20 14:38:24 -0500 Report

I was on a statin and it worked wonderfully for me. With a few tweeks to my diet and getting my blood sugar under control, I have been taken off it. My doctor told me the drug works best with the proper diet and exercise. He was correct. I was on the drug for about 18 months.

jigsaw 2013-07-21 05:01:20 -0500 Report

You're very lucky! I exercised religiously, and it helped I'm sure, but not enough to get me off the BP meds. At least my bp has never been more than moderately high. With meds, it's perfect.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-21 13:45:51 -0500 Report

I have never had high blood pressure in my life. My mom and sister had it as well as my father. My father didn't develop it until he was in his 90's. I don't know anyone who has gotten off BP meds who have had it over time. I do know people who got off it because an illness elevated it.

jigsaw 2013-07-22 07:13:20 -0500 Report

I suspect that in my case it's genetic, possibly related to my diabetes, and only controllable with meds. My diastolic has always been normal around 70 to 75. My systolic is a bit high, usually above 130. All my doctors feel that because I'm diabetic, it's more important to keep tight control on Bp.

Harlen 2013-07-20 11:05:02 -0500 Report

There not working for me I am going to stop them after my Doc and I have a chat.

jigsaw 2013-07-20 12:13:24 -0500 Report

Sounds like a reasonable decision. Hopefully, there is an alternative that you can utilize that will be helpful.