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Statins and Skin Infections

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A 2019 study indicates that there is an increase risk of skin infections to those that are taking statins. Statins are a popular class of drugs used to treat patients with high cholesterol. A physician may prescribe statins to lower the cholesterol if you are at risk for heart disease and your blood cholesterol test levels are outside normal limits. There are many articles promoting the benefits of statins and others that list the side effects and downsides of being on statins.

Once on a statin to lower cholesterol, most people are on it for life. Unlike dietary changes that can permanently lower cholesterol, statins will lower cholesterol chemically and it will be a medication that is needed in perpetuity in order to continue to work.

One of positive sides of statins, as promoted by some physicians, is that a persons reduces their Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) risk. The cholesterol is lowered by the statin and creates less cholesterol in the body and reduces plaques in the arteries.

Some negative sides of statins are the side effects. Some people have an increased risk of diabetes, memory issues and muscle pain. The study referenced above showed some people on statins get statin-induced diabetes. The statin affected their blood sugar significantly which subsequently increased the risk of skin infections. If you are having issues with increased blood sugar after starting a regimen of statins, talk to your physician. It’s also possible you can lower your cholesterol through life style changes, although that can be challenging for some people, it is effective and has no side effects.

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Cholesterol-HDL Explained

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High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is often referred to as the “good” cholesterol because it essentially removes the harmful cholesterol (LDL) from where it shouldn’t be, thus reducing risk of heart disease. This is why it is very important to not have low levels of this “good” cholesterol. Often times when people think of cholesterol, they think of it as being damaging to your body, but it is actually an essential fat that helps stabilize the cells in your body.

cholesterol imageAs mentioned before, HDL removes LDL from places it shouldn’t be and takes it to the liver, so that it can be reprocessed. It also helps to maintain the inner walls of blood vessels, which in turn helps prevent heart attacks. The ideal level of HDL is 60 mg/dL or higher, and is considered protective against heart disease. Less than 40 mg/dL is considered being at high risk for heart disease. There are a few lifestyle changes may consider if you are trying to increase your HDL levels, such as eating a healthy diet which means avoiding saturated and trans fat, carbohydrates (especially sugar), and eating more foods high in fiber. You can also increase HDL levels by losing fat, especially around your waist, and doing regular exercise (about 30 minutes per day). If you would like to check your cholesterol levels you can order it at https://www.healthonelabs.com/tests_offer/buytest/37/ for $39.95.  Please consult with your physician if you have any questions about your cholesterol and other lab results.

 
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