Beating the side effects of statins

Posted on: 12 June 2018 by Kate Goodfellow

So, you have high cholesterol and your doctor prescribes you with statins. But what happens if you experience side effects?

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High cholesterol remains one of the biggest risk factors for Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD), which is responsible for 1 in 2 of all deaths in the UK.

Statins are the common medical answer to treating high cholesterol, with up to half the UK population above the age of 40 and 100% of those above 60 now being recommended or prescribed them by their GP.

And while prevention is undoubtedly better than cure, the issue is that up to 20% of people find they experience side effects from the drug.

Last year, Lizzie McKale, aged 52 from Northumberland found her cholesterol had risen from 4.9 to 7.5.

“My GP said that unless I took medication to bring my cholesterol down, I was at risk of heart attack and stroke. He subsequently prescribed me with statins,” said Lizzie.

Over the next months, she began to experience side effects in the form of aching muscles and fatigue.

“I was aware that statins can come with side effects," she continued. "And as an active person (I am a keen horse-rider), this was a double blow. In the end, despite my high risk, I had no choice but to stop taking them. But of course my cholesterol went shooting back up.

It was at this point that a friend recommended a natural product called All In One containing red yeast rice, plant sterols and Co Q10 that, according to US research, reduces cholesterol by around 30%.

Said Lizzie, “I had nothing to lose so I decided to try it. After just 3 months, my cholesterol dropped significantly. And after 6 months, my cholesterol is under 5, with no side effects whatsoever.”

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Local retired salesman, Malcolm Thomson, aged 70, was prescribed statins 4 years ago due to high LDL. Said Malcolm, “I was facing the prospect of heart disease or early death and so when I was prescribed statins by my doctor, I took them without question.’

This is a great and novel alternative to mainstream treatment. It should be available on the NHS.

However, when, Malcolm started to experience aching limbs, nausea and fatigue, he had no idea it may have been linked to his medication.

“About a year ago, I read an article about statins and how they can affect you and there were my symptoms written in black and white. I came off them immediately and all of the problems I had had for years were gone in a matter of weeks. It was astonishing.“

“I was naturally concerned about my heart health now I wasn’t taking any medication and I knew I was entering back into the high risk zone for heart disease and stroke.”

Said Malcolm, “I read about All In One in a newspaper article and it sounded interesting. I felt I had nothing to lose so I decided to try it. In just a few weeks my cholesterol came down to the same level as when I had been on statins.

I have been on the product now for a year and have experienced no side effects whatsoever. This is a great and novel alternative to mainstream treatment. It should be available on the NHS.”

Endorsed by leading heart specialists in both the UK and the US, All In One is made up of 3 natural ingredients including Red Yeast Rice, plant sterols and Co Q10. Multiple clinical trials of red yeast rice and plant sterols have shown to significantly reduce total cholesterol, LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. And research has shown a link between cases of heart problems and associated deficiency of CoQ10.

Nutritionist Anica Sarkin (BcBs Human Nutrition) from Revital, a leading health store retailer, says, “In order to reduce cholesterol levels in a more natural way, the most effective compounds are Red Yeast Rice, Co Q10 and plant phytosterols.

Red yeast rice works similarly to statins but with fewer side effects; it inhibits synthesis of cholesterol in the liver, which in turn lowers cholesterol. Co Q10 is a compound naturally produced by the body that reduces plaque buildup in the arteries. It can also help with statin side effects. And plant sterols reduce absorption of dietary cholesterol.

All in One, a cholesterol management supplement by Perfect Vascular Natural, is the only product that combines all three ingredients, making it highly effective and convenient, Therefore, I'm very happy to recommend it to our clients.”

US Cardiologist, Dr Eisenberg, has been treating his statin intolerant patients with All In One for over three years in his practice. He said, “I have approximately 2000 patients currently on Vascular Natural All in One for control of their cholesterol with about an 82% retention rate. I have found in my clinical experience, this formula provides me an alternative to my current armamentarium.”

And heart specialist, Doctor Cuozzo, who has also been using it within his clinic, said, “I have seen LDL reductions of approximately 30% and triglyceride reductions ranging from small percentages to as much as 60% reductions. The Vascular Natural All in One product helps lower cholesterol and triglycerides in patients who can't tolerate statins but are exposed to an increased risk of vascular disease in a safe and tolerable way.”

All In One heart health supplement is available to purchase from Revital health stores nationwide (www.revital.co.uk), leading pharmacies (including the Cromwell Hospital in London) as well as online. Priced from £28 for a one-month supply. For more information visit www.vascularnatural.co.uk.

Further facts 

  • High cholesterol has no symptoms - you cannot feel the effects it can have on your arteries and your heart, hence its name ‘silent killer’. Ensure to have regular cholesterol checks with your GP.
  • Prevention is always better than cure. Preventing CVD is possible by maintaining healthy cholesterol levels
  • A recent survey of found that up to 20% of people stopped their statin medications because of side effects or the fear of side effects from long-term use of these medications
  • Common side effects of statins include nausea, aching muscles (myalgia) and fatigue
  • All In One provides a clinically proven natural alternative to statin medication
  • A change in diet and lifestyle are also great ways to lower your cholesterol and therefore your health risk

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