Lowering your cholesterol has become a popular thing to do but is it the right thing to do?? Cholesterol is necessary for your body to function correctly. Current research is showing that inflammation is what is behind heart disease, not actual cholesterol amounts. In fact, the only people who gave been shown to even benefit a little bit from cholesterol lowering medications are people between the ages of 55 and 65 who have already had a heart attack or stroke (and mainly men).
It appears that the protective benefit is more from decreasing inflammation than from the actual lowering of cholesterol. There are better ways to decrease inflammation.
Cholesterol is a necessary building block of the sex hormones Testosterone, Estrogen, and Progesterone. The use of cholesterol lowering medications have been shown to lower libido for men and women, and cause erectile dysfunction in men.
Cholesterol lowering medication can also decrease your COQ10 levels. COQ10 plays an important role in producing cellular energy. If your cholesterol is high it does indicate some likely inflammation in your body. It does not mean that you need medications. Work on your diet (low sugar, no or little processed foods, lots of vegetables, free range meats when you eat meat, wild caught fish, etc) and also have regular exercise. Get plenty of fiber in your diet. Green tea, fish oil and Niacin (a B vitamin) can also help.