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Can I use red yeast rice instead of a statin to lower my cholesterol?

Ask the doctors Q. My bad cholesterol has been rising, and my doctor suggested that I start taking a statin. Iíve read that red yeast rice has many of the cholesterol-lowering benefits of a statin, and I would rather go the natural route. However, I recently heard on a newscast that red yeast rice can have adverse effects on the kidneys. Is it still safe for me to take this supplement?…

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