Beating Obesity: Cholesterol and Statin drugsBaltimore Post-Examiner

Beating Obesity: Cholesterol and Statin drugs

Right on page 9 of my book Lose Live there is a brief but poignant discussion of abnormal blood fats including high levels of triglycerides and LDL, otherwise known as bad cholesterol. So I was very saddened the other day when a good friend I shall call Sally, because that is not her real name and I respect her privacy, told me that her doctor told her that her LDL level was 240. Sally is a beautiful young lady but clearly obese so while saddened I was not surprised. So what does this mean and what can be done about it?

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Well the singularly most important thing for anyone with high LDL levels to do is to immediately make serious and long-term lifestyle changes primarily involving more exercise and less fatty foods. But since high LDL levels present a very serious risk of severe heart problems and even possible stroke most physicians will immediately prescribe a statin drug and that presents even more danger.

Statin drugs have a well-known history of some very deadly side effects of their own. Muscle pain is common as the drug is known to actually destroy muscle tissue. Incidentally it should be noted that our hearts are a muscle. Statin drugs can also cause liver damage which in the extreme can be fatal.

Statin drugs also tend to elevate blood sugar creating a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. So if the high LDL level doesn’t kill you the medicine just might. And another friend of mine who is indeed taking a statin drug just reported to me that he has experienced Alzheimer’s like symptoms which is yet another known side effect of statin drugs.

statinTo all of this I say to Sally and everyone else like Sally, which these days is more than one third of our adult population, the time for denial is now fully and totally over. The time to own the issue of your obesity has arrived. You truly do not want plaque to continue building in your arteries and you also really don’t want to ingest statin drugs.

In the simplest of terms your immediate action involves moving more, a lot more, and eating far less sugar, fat and salt. For greater details do keep reading these articles and consider the information contained in the following two paragraphs. I will also keep you informed on the progress of my dear friend Sally.

So do indeed walk for health and also for joy and then share your walking experience to inspire others. Please write and email your favorite walking experience to me at:

Lose-Live-CoverWhere did you walk, what did you see, how long was your walk and anything else you want to reveal. Please include a few photos with your email. Submissions will be accepted now though November 10th 2016 and the winner will receive a free copy of Lose Live the ultimate guide to good health and weight loss.   Your story will also appear in this publication. Together we can feel great and begin to win the war on obesity and ill health.

You can, at any time, get your very own copy of my true and real guide to effective and permanent weight loss, Lose Live available at, and Just be sure to keep checking in right here for regular updates. And if you have a question or comment for me please send your email to:

Copyright © 2016 Ron Irwin

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Ron Irwin

Ron Irwin was born in Chicago, Illinois a long time ago. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, became a trial lawyer, TV and radio host, CEO of a public company and once held an Emmy. He never won an Emmy he just held one. Ron has written and published twelve books. His most important book to date is “Live, Die, Live Again” in which Ron tells of his early life and his unexpected and very temporary death in 2012. That experience dramatically refocused his life and within the pages of that book Ron reveals how he achieved a much healthier life, ridding himself of Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Failure. Now Ron enjoys writing about many things including health topics, travel [he has circled the globe several times], adventure, culinary experiences and the world of performing art. Ron’s motto is “Live better, live longer and live stronger because it feels great and annoys others.” Contact the author. Contact the author.

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