Taking Statins? Don’t Stop There
Jonathan Sackner Bernstein, MD, talks about why choosing the right foods is important when you are taking a statin.
You’d be surprised how frequently I’ll have a patient come into me who I’ve given a statin to and their bad cholesterol, the LDL has dropped from 140 to 95 and they hesitantly start to ask the question that I can see coming, where they’re basically asking me essentially, is this pill my steak insurance?
Does that mean I can start eating steak again, that I can start having bacon and eggs for breakfast? That would not be a responsible approach.
If you’re making the personal investment, and I don’t just mean money wise, I mean in terms of commitment to adhere to the medicine, to take the medicine and improve that blood level of cholesterol and reduce your risk, it just doesn’t make sense to try to eat your way around that advantage that you’ve gotten.