Cholesterol & Statin Drug Expert
Cholesterol Expert, Statin expert at Georgetown University
Cholesterol's role in embryonic and early adolescent development plays a critical role in cell turnover and neurodevelopment. In later life, cholesterol plays a significant lesser role in cell development, and excess cholesterol can accumulate within the vasculature. Cholesterol experts will attest to the fact that the excess,unwanted accumulation of cholesterol is the number one cause of death in the United States.
The two physiological sources of cholesterol are one's diet and one's liver. Dietary adjustments are the first line of treatment in controlling high cholesterol. The human liver has the ability to produce cholesterol from scratch, and genetics cause some people to produce cholesterol in excess amounts. Cholesterol experts' drug of choice in treating high cholesterol refractory to dietary intervention are in the statin class of drugs. Statin experts are aware that the advent and widespread implementation of statins in treating high cholesterol represent a clear success story in modern pharmacology. Statin experts point to the medical literature where it has ben proven in over a hundred thousand patients over the period of decades of medical publications, that using statins to clinically and significantly lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, will prevent early death in those with high LDL cholesterol. Cholesterol experts and statin experts will attest to the fact that although statins are currently the number one tool in treating high cholesterol, the ability to treat high cholesterol with statins alone is limited. Side effects, with an emphasis on myopathies, myalgias and rhabdomyolysis limit the use of statins in everyone. Further research is currently being conducted in several areas, including PSCK9 modalities, to treat elevated excess LDL cholesterol.