Monday, April 26, 2010

Aren't You Glad You're Running?

I found this "Lower Cholesterol" newsletter on my email inbox last week:

"Many prescription medications used to treat high cholesterol make you feel worse instead of better.

Statin Drugs

Statin drugs are the most commonly prescribed prescription medication to treat high cholesterol. Unfortunately the drug comes with side effects, such as liver toxicity, digestive issues, rashes, muscle inflammation, weakness, blurred vision, and rhabdomyolysis. Many people on statins complain of constant muscle aches and pains. The possible side effect of rhabdomyolysis is the most dangerous. Rhabdomyolysis is the rapid breakdown of smooth skeletal muscle tissue. As the tissue breaks down it releases damaged cells into the bloodstream, such as myoglobin. This by-product of muscle breakdown is harmful to the kidney and can lead to acute kidney failure. Back in 1997, 81 deaths were linked to statin drugs and the side effect of rhabdomyolosis. One statin medication was withdrawn from the market due to these deaths, but several still remain available and are frequently prescribed.

I encourage you to make the necessary diet and lifestyle changes needed to support a low cholesterol naturally and avoid the need for medications."

Being someone who used to have high cholesterol, low HDL, and high LDL levels, I was glad to have discovered running. It's definitely a better way versus taking statin drugs.

So, aren't you glad you're into running?


  1. I used to have high cholesterol as well. Thanks to running and a controlled diet, I got it down to normal levels without the help of medication. Haaay. Iba na talaga pag tumatanda...

  2. Very nice post. My blood pressure used to be up there, along with my weight, but now it is normal. I opted to take the healthier way to get it under control, and to change my diet, not drugs. The side effects are something else. Thanks for sharing and have a good one.

  3. @julius, yup habang tumatanda we really need to take care of our body more. good thing there's running.

    @kenley, the side effects are really scary. I've an officemate who's taking cholesterol-lowering drugs now (not sure if statin). apart from the risks, the medicines are expensive as well. it's better to spend the money on running gear instead. hehe.