Statins & Cpk Level

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Vasudevan Says:

When on statins, CPK level increases. How to solve this and keep the level healthy ?

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Community Expert Kerri Knox, RN Says:

CPK levels indicate that muscle tissue is dying. Unless you are a serious athlete competing in marathons or cross fit competitions, you should not have an elevated CPK level. Let me repeat this, high CPK levels indicate that your muscles are dying.


Muscle death is the last thing that someone should have if they want to remain healthy. Statins can lead to high CPK levels and muscle death. If this occurs, the statin should be discontinued.

You cannot BOTH stay on statins and stop the muscle death. You need to discuss with your doctor about getting off the statins asap.

As far as 'keeping your cholesterol healthy', that high cholesterol levels lead to heart disease is a highly debated hypothesis. In several Japanese studies, higher cholesterol has been associated with the healthiest people who live the longest. Consumers need to do extensive research on the risk/benefit ratio of lowering cholesterol and taking medications to do it.

Kerri Knox, RN
San Francisco, CA, United States

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