The quick answer to ‘Am I a candidate for one of the two new PCSK9 cholesterol-lowering drugs?’ is Probably Not (unless you have FH or have heart disease / have had a heart attack.)
The reason? Two, actually. First, this totally new class of (injectable) cholesterol-lowering drugs is approved ONLY for those with high cardiac risk. And secondly, clinical study results with key safety data won’t be available for YEARS.
The two new drugs, Praluent and Repatha, were approved this past summer by the FDA only for those with a serious, genetically inherited disease that causes very high LDL (bad) cholesterol called Familial Hypercholsterolemia (FH) and/or for those who have heart disease / have suffered a heart attack.
In my role as cholesterol “Category Expert” for www.answers.com, I recently answered a question sent in by an Answers reader that I was surprised to find I’d never expressly addressed here on my blog: “Why does high cholesterol lead to heart disease?”
Here’s the answer I posted: you can read it on this page of wiki.answers.com, or I’ve pasted it here as well:
Once you look at the definition of cholesterol, it’s easy to see why high cholesterol can cause heart disease.
The National Institute of Health defines cholesterol as, “a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body.” Cholesterol in and of itself is not bad – in fact,
A few months ago, I got an email from the online behemoth Answers.com about this very blog: they liked Going Lo-Co (!!) and asked if I’d be interested in becoming an Answers.com category expert. After a writing test, an editing test, and much back-and-forthing, I am pleased to announce that I am now publishing articles as the cholesterol ‘category expert’ on Answers.com.
Check out the Answers.com overall cholesterol page; it has many useful articles, a few I’ve written and many written by others. It’s a good place to learn more about cholesterol.
My last post was about how MyFitnessPal actually improved my eating habits. And I’m happy to report that by using this app, I managed to (relatively easily) lose the extra 4 pounds that somehow materialized over the holidays. Seems my last post was aptly titled, “I heart My Fitness Pal.”
So I’ve been using – and loving – this easy-to-use app for a few months, but hadn’t realized until today that it also boasts some very cool reporting tools! (Many will feel that ‘cool’ and ‘reporting tools’ are oxymoronic, but I am proudly nerdly.)
You may recall that one of the things I loved about MFP (I just really can’t keep typing the word ‘pal’