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Crestor

Dec 12, 2013 - 0 comments

Still not sure if Crestor is what I want the whole idea of pushing Cholesterol levels down to very low levels seems to be against the natural quantity the body is designed to produce. The knock-on effects in terms of changes in the way the liver deals with fats and sugars is also some thing that needs careful consideration. My feeling is that its better to protect the new arteries with anti-inflammatory nutrition which would prevent the cholesterol from entering the arterial wall in the first place.
Further research shows that some researchers have made a risk correlation between the ratio of C Reactive Protein (inflammation) : Total Cholesterol (Lipids). The ratio seems to be able to predict if the risk lies in one of 4 bands

1) Low
2) Medium  
3) Medium / high
4) High

I suspect this is why the Drs wanted me to reduce the cholesterol by a three quartersso my risk would be in the lowest quartile. However it doesn't account for why this ratio makes the prediction possible and others such as CRP : LDL or HDL don't, which would seem logical if the LDL is supposed to be so bad. I suspect that the reason for this ratio works is because higher levels of Cholesterol will attract higher doses of Statin and this would reduce the inflammation to a greater degree thus pushing the risk down.

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Started Crestor

Dec 10, 2013 - 0 comments

Asked Dr for combined Crestor / Ezetimbe treatment but he said that he preferred to see if the Crestor worked as a mono-treatment. Suspect he wants to titrate the dose upwards.
Took first 10mg tablet today continuing to tae 1000mg Niacin. Blood test scheduled for tomorrow and Echocardiogram requested for later this week.

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Alternative to Statin

Dec 07, 2013 - 0 comments

The Dr suggested once again that I take Crestor to get the Cholesterol down they believe the side effects are less but the FDA  website says  Crestor is no better than the rest. I think that the key lies n how effective it is at stopping the cholesterol as the rate of Co Q10 reduction is disproportionate to the HMG CoA reductase inhibition, which reduces the cholesterol production. I said I wanted to check the mechanism of Fibrate as a Cholesterol reduction method before switching from diet + Niacin. Boosting the Niacin to 1000mg seems to have worked HDL is up to 46 mmol/dl. 11/ Dec 2013 HDL now up to 50 and LDL down to 143. Started Statin treatment with Crestor about 3 days before Ratio of TG to HDL indicates LDL is fluffy and therefore unlikely to form unstable plaque that can lead to MI

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Blood sampled to day

Dec 04, 2013 - 0 comments

Blood sample taken today

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