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A 56-year-old male asked:

red yeast to lower cholesterol. better then prescription statins??

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: Red yeast contains lovastatin that's made naturally. Somebody's going to tell you that it's 'better' because it was grown in a lab rather than synthesized in a lab. That's your business. Cholesterol meds are life-and-death and if you want to take a preparation like red yeast that's not standardized, then that's your business. The key is that you are managing your cholseterol closely -- Good.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
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The key is that you manage your cholesterol and adjust whatever you take to meet treatment goals. Best wishes.
Nov 12, 2014

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Can taking statins increase my risk of diabetes?

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I'm on crestor (rosuvastatin), (rosuvastatin) and now my cholesterol is really good. Can I stop the crestor (rosuvastatin)?

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No : You were placed on it for a reason. Discuss with the prescribing doctor.

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