Do Statins Lower HDL Cholesterol Levels?
Statins have become one of the most frequently prescribed medications. They have been used for a number of years to reduce LDL, known as ‘bad’ cholesterol, and triglycerides in the blood stream. However, are you one of the many people asking the question: Do statins lower HDL (good cholesterol) while they are eliminating LDL? This question is certainly worth an answer. After all, how can the drug reduce one without affecting the other? These drugs work by interfering with the body’s cholesterol manufacturing process by blocking an enzyme. The ultimate effect is that the liver is able to eliminate LDL from the bloodstream. This reduces the risk of heart disease and clogged blood vessels. According to an article by a medical doctor, the American Medical Association’s Encyclopedia of Medical Information does not mention anything about statins lowering HDL. On the other hand, manufacturing companies of two leading brands, claim that they definitely do not lower HDL. In fact, they actually