Cholesterol lowering drugs called Statins generated $34 billion in sales in 2007 and have raked in over a quarter of a trillion dollars since they were introduced two decades ago. A new study reported in the NY Times links the use of statins with a higher risk of developing diabetes.
In the Christmas Bible story, the three kings brought the Christ child gold, symbolizing his royalty, frankincense, symbolizing his divinity, and myrrh, foretelling his death. Laboratory research now suggests that one of those gifts, myrrh, may have cholesterol lowering properties in addition to other health benefits.
What can Merck's prescription drug Zetia do for you that niacin can't? Apparently, nothing at all. In fact, it could worsen your atherosclerosis.