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Use of cholesterol-lowering meds on the rise

The percentage of Americans taking medication to control their cholesterol has risen by a third over the past decade, a new study finds. In 2012, the percentage of people ages 40 and over who said they had used a cholesterol-lowering medication in the past month was 28 percent, up from 20 percent in 2003, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

High cholesterol has never caused heart disease because it is high levels of oxidized cholesterol and elevated inflammation that are real drivers of heart disease.  Statins will lower oxidized cholesterol by lowering total cholesterol, but that is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  It makes more sense to greatly increase polyphenol intake to lower oxidized cholesterol and follow a strict anti-inflammatory diet that will lower insulin levels that increase cholesterol synthesis in the first place.

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