lipitor and your muscle
I have heard many times from guys that work out they do not take lipitor (or other statins) since they are worried about myalgia or muscle damage from the statin. I personally have not experienced this although it is a known but relatively rare side effect. This study took a look at this issue and found no deleterious effect fromtaking lipitor.
Effect of Atorvastatin on Energy Expenditure and Skeletal Muscle Oxidative Metabolism at Rest and During Exercise.Chung J, Brass EP, Ulrich RG, Hiatt WR.
1The Colorado Prevention Center, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Statins are associated with adverse effects in skeletal muscle. This study tested the hypothesis that atorvastatin would increase the respiratory exchange ratio (RER) at rest and during exercise. Twenty-eight healthy subjects (mean age 52 years) were enrolled in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study of the effects of atorvastatin (40 mg/day) on whole body energetics over 8 weeks. Ventilatory gas exchange measurements, at rest and during bicycle ergometry, were used to assess muscle oxidative metabolism. Thirteen subjects from each treatment arm completed the study. Eight weeks of atorvastatin lowered plasma low-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration but had no effect on resting or submaximal energy expenditure, RER, or calculated fatty acid oxidation rates. Atorvastatin did not affect maximal exercise oxygen consumption or the anaerobic threshold. Eight weeks of atorvastatin therapy was not associated with alterations in substrate oxidation, or muscle oxidative function at rest, or during exercise in healthy adults.Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics advance online publication 6 June 2007. doi:10.1038/sj.clpt.6100264.
best to try dietary first, no red meat, limited oil, no sat fat or transfat. i would not recommend red yeast rice since that can elevate your liver enzymes, same with niacin. polycosinol for hdl increase as well as cocoa powder (see recent thread). so, stay away from prepared foods, avoid sat fat, exercise and you should be good to go.
red meat is ok when consumed in reasonable quantities. Just make sure you cook up the lean cuts, avoid the fatty cuts except on special occasions. When i work out hard i get HUNGRY, the "what for" seems to be a personal thing and for me it varies but since i am usually watching my weight almost anything in quantity will do!
Since I sometimes have a tendency to underf-fuel my body, I do try to give it what it craves.
When I eat redmeat, it's always extra lean chopped beef--if it needs a little fat, I cook it in a spoon of olive or canola oil.
I tend to eat a pound a day if I eat it, but if not, I eat a huge amount of some other clean protein.
I tend to keep my protein intake quite high to avoid any catabolizing.
Any other foods to reduce ldl or raise hdl?