I have high cholesterol and the medicines prescribed are beginning to cause side effects. Basically, muscle ache. Are there natural foods to take to help lower the bad and raise the good cholesterol?
I assume the cholesterol-lowering drugs you are on are statins, which I take people off of the first time they come into my office. They cause CoQ10 levels to drop, which is the major step in energy production in the body–hence the muscle aches. (If you are on Zocor, it might be offering you heart protection through some unknown mechanism–not cholesterol lowering–so I would not discontinue it.)
You need to understand that there is no relationship of cholesterol levels to heart disease–higher cholesterol levels do not cause more heart disease. One-half of all heart attacks occur in people with cholesterol levels less than 200. Read The Cholesterol Myth by Dr. Ravnskov, if you want a complete treatise on the subject.
There are natural products that drop cholesterol levels, if you so desire. Red yeast rice, niacin, guggolipid, and garlic (to a limited extent) are only a few of them. As far as your diabetes is concerned, you should already be on a low-carbohydrate diet–if you have insulin resistance (that is, insulin greater than 5 while fasting) then more carbohydrate restriction is needed. If you are on a low fat and low carbohydrate diet, the only thing you can eat is protein, which is not healthy. Check an insulin level and glucose at the same time. You’ll want to take the results to a good integrative medical doctor for treatment