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Tue Apr 23 12:07:08 UTC 2013

My A1c is good (5.1) but I have high Cholesterol (heredity) I recently stopped taking statins using Red yeast rice instead. Thoughts?
Asked By: spirit7free  

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MODY 1.5 Regular exercise and low-carb diet (under 60 carbs per day) 59 years old. Diagnosed 2008. Does not run in family. Very concerned about statins side effects!
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2014-04-29 17:59:21.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Red yeast rice extract has been sold as a natural cholesterol-lowering agent in over the counter supplements, such as It is marketed as Cholestin, Monascus, and others.

Since red yeast rice is sold as an herbal supplement, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds. There is no guarantee of strength, purity or safety of products, and effects may vary. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Red yeast rice should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor. Always talk with your doctor first before starting any supplements. Side effects of red yeast: may be similar to those for the prescription statin drugs: heartburn, gas, bloating, muscle pain or damage, dizziness, asthma, and kidney problems are possible. People with liver disease should not use red yeast products.

Learn more about red yeast rice.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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