Reducing Cholesterol with Colestipol Could Lead to Vitamin Deficiencies
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It is extremely important to reduce cholesterol in order to prevent diseases of the arteries and heart. However, some common cholesterol reducing drugs can actually cause harmful vitamin deficiencies when used over time. Colestipol and other bile acid sequestrants have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol by 10-15% or even more when combined with statin drugs (up to 50% more), but they also reduce the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Colestipol is sold under the brand name Colestid and works to bind bile acid in the intestines so that it is eliminated and the liver is forced to produce more. In order to increase the bile acid, the liver must use up cholesterol so that the quantities in the blood stream are reduced. This is an effective treatment for people who have a genetic predisposition for high cholesterol, but not without the side effect of possibly creating serious vitamin deficiencies with long term use.
Vitamin A, Retinol, is linked to the ability to see at night. A deficiency can lead to damage to the retina and night blindness. Vitamin D is important in the absorption and metabolism of calcium and deficiencies can lead to osteoporosis. When there are deficiencies in vitamin K abnormal bleeding can occur since vitamin K is essential to blood clotting. Vitamin E has so many different health benefits but is especially important in preventing anemia.
To reduce cholesterol effectively and maintain healthy levels and absorption rates of essential vitamins and minerals, a low cholesterol and low fat diet are just as effective, or more so, than drug therapies. Reduction of Cholesterol can be achieved naturally through an appropriate diet and exercise plan. The complete plan is outlined in The 60 Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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