Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found in the fats in the blood. While everyone’s body depends on cholesterol to build health cells continuously, having high cholesterol can significantly increase a person’s risk of heart disease. High cholesterol produces fatty deposits in the walls of blood vessels. As these fatty deposits grow, it is difficult for enough blood to flow through the arteries. Because of this, the body does not receive as much oxygen-rich blood that it needs and is at a high risk for a heart attack. Also, decreased blood flow to the brain can cause a stroke. Therefore, high cholesterol is not seen by a doctor as a nuisance; it is seen as a life threatening condition that needs to be controlled.
But before you reach for the phone and call in a prescription for the latest medicine to control your high cholesterol, think again. While many patients are put on a statin medication to lower their high cholesterol, there are many unwanted side effects from taking these medications. Anemia, sexual dysfunction, cataracts, muscle problems, memory loss, and pancreas and liver dysfunction have all been reported as direct side effects from taking statin drugs. However, there are safe, all natural alternatives to effectively control and lower high cholesterol.
Many doctors treat patients on a “one size fits all” basis. However, that is now how patients should be treated. Diet, habits, health, exercise – those are all different in all people. Therefore, taking a wholistic approach to managing high cholesterol is a much more effective (and safer) alternative. If your doctor does not offer alternative options to statin medications, make an appointment with a trusted wholistic doctor who will tailor your treatment plan to your health.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Bradley Bongiovanni, Wholistic Medicine Specialists of Atlanta