Skip to comments.Monthly shot lowers cholesterol 66 percent: study
Posted on 03/27/2012 5:24:58 PM PDT by ak267
A monthly injection of an experimental drug made by the US biotech firm Amgen reduced patients' cholesterol by up to 66 percent, according to a small study described at a US cardiology conference.
The early phase 1 clinical trial, designed mainly to see if the treatment was safe, followed 51 patients who received a shot of the drug, AMG 145, either once every two or every four weeks.
Among trial subjects were already taking high doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, and who got the shot every two weeks, the dangerous type of cholesterol (LDL) in their bodies dropped by an average of 63 percent by the eighth week.
And those who were on low doses of statins and received the drug every four weeks saw a slightly higher average drop in LDL cholesterol -- 66 percent by the end of the same time period.
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Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, it is a symptom of inflamed arteries.
The minor downside is it causes your gonads to drop off.
Seriously, on the scientific side, a super low cholesterol can cause strokes, according to research reported some years ago by CNN and other outlets. This does not apply to people who have genetically low total cholesterol count, who have had a low count since birth.
I know because my total cholesterol went from 240 to 140 in three months (from Crestor) — and then, at the age of 53, I had a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and spent two days in intensive care and another week on the Neuro Ward. I was one of the lucky ones who did not have an aneurysm along with the SAH. Research that I did later reported that such an abnormally low cholesterol count has led to strokes in 10 to 15 % of people.
That is why I won’t take statins, things are not as simple as the doctors, and especially the drug companies, like to think. Besides, if I want to lower my cholesterol oatmeal works just fine.
Speak for yourself
Anti-caking agents like silicon dioxide shred the insides of arteries, causing bleeding. Cholesterol is released to cover the cuts and prevent a person from bleeding out.
You can buy salt without silicon dioxide in it.
Cholesterol is necessary for good health.
It is used to build cell walls. It is directly converted to vitamin D in the presence of sunlight. And there are other ways of preventing cholesterol plaques than expensive drugs; for one you can take folic acid and reduce the homocystine levels in your blood stream. Cholesterol cannot form arterial plaques without homocystine. The problem is that there’s no money in folic acid. You can buy 250 tablets of folic acid at 800 mcg for $2.
Yes there is truth in what you say but.....but LDL is dangerous to let buildup so if it has this effect on LDL it can be of benefit.
Still there are other culprits that could be at work such as a inadequate conversion of T4 to T3, and so many other things.
would alpha lipoic acid (ALA) be a good choice as well?
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