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Fatty Liver, High Cholesterol, and Statins

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Millions of people in America suffer from high cholesterol. This condition contributes to many other medical conditions like heart disease and fatty liver. Fatty liver is a reversible condition where fat accumulates in the liver, causing myriad problems if left untreated. Many physicians feel that treating high cholesterol and fatty liver with Statin drugs is completely normal, and some research supports this. The only problem is that Statin drugs are linked to several negative side effects and other medical conditions.

Diagnosing Fatty Liver

Fatty liver occurs when fat from other parts of the body are transferred to the liver, which increases the amount of fat present to abnormal levels. In other situations, the liver may lose the ability to break down or remove fat, thus causing serious medical problems. Patients usually don't experience any immediate symptoms of fatty liver, however, they will have minor elevations in liver enzymes, as well as an enlarged liver. Enzyme levels can be detected with blood work, and an enlarged liver can be detected through ultrasound tests, computed tomography scans, or MRI"s.

Research on Fatty Liver and Statins

A report published in September of 2006 in The Journal of Cell Metabolism found that low-cholesterol diets and cholesterol lowering drugs like Statins did prove useful in combating fatty liver diseases. However, there have been a lot of negative feedback and research in the last year proving that Statins may not be as safe as originally assumed.

Not only are Statin drugs linked to cancer and liver disease, but they also have a long list of negative side effects attached to them. Some side effects include: nausea, irritability and short tempers, homicidal impulses, rapid loss of mental clarity, amnesia, kidney failure, diarrhea, muscle aching and weakness, tingling or cramping in the legs and an inability to walk, sleeping problems, erectile dysfunction, nerve damage, and mental confusion.

Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol

Statins have been proven to lower cholesterol levels in the blood and treat fatty liver disease. However, the side effects and links to other medical conditions like cancer and further liver damage are extremely concerning.

So how can you effectively lower cholesterol levels and prevent fatty liver without the additional side effects of Statin? What many people don't realize is that there are natural ways to lower cholesterol levels. Not only can you lose weight, eat a well balanced diet, and exercise to lower cholesterol levels, but you can also take natural supplements.

Sources:

http://www.healthscout.com/ency/1/578/main.html#DescriptionofFattyLiver

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/09/060915205102.htm

http://www.newstarget.com/001353.html

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