Do I need a statin for high cholesterol? Lost hair after starting statin.

Didn't think one had anything to do with the other until a few months in. Stopped statin and tried to keep LDL low by eating healthier/taking betasitosterol. Hair grew back. Recent blood work showed LDL is 104, about where it was when put on statin. Everything I've read says 104 is in the optimal range for someone like me who exercises, eats healthy, has minimal body fat, and no other medical conditions. If doc insists on statin, should I seek second opinion?

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Do I need a statin for high cholesterol? Lost hair after starting statin.

Yes I agree with your analysis. Consult an experienced cardiologist.Heart first. Hair second. Be sensible for your health!


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Hair loss -- PRP, Progesterone, Viviscal, Rogaine, Finesteride, Spironolactone

Statins can cause hair loss in some people, if you need this medication please speak to your physician about alternative options.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
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Statins and hair loss

Statins do have a side effect on rare occasions of causing or accelerating hair loss. There is a balance between benefits on health and side effects and only you and your doctor can make the decision on Statins and their importance in your overall health issues

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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