HEALTH TIP AND RECIPE OF THE MONTH

HEALTH TIP OF THE MONTH

IF YOU TAKE STATINS, BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR MUSCLE PROBLEMS by Dr Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D.  sharecare.com

Orange County Register Jan. 2, 2014

If you are taking a statin and have symptoms of myopathy,  or  statin-related muscle problems such as hamstring or tendon pain, muscle soreness, cramping or weakness, alert your doctor.

Around 1.5 million people a year, a small percentage of those taking statins, have such problems.    These symptoms can make it uncomfortable to move,  but you can bounce back.

Stopping the statin, reducing the dose or taking a different  LDL-cholesterol-lowering medication usually can resolve the symptoms. Rarely, statins trigger rhabdomyolysis -  the breakdown of muscle fibers- and hospitalization is required to prevent serious kidney damage.

Atorvastatin and simvastatin are the statins most likely to cause symptoms, and the Food and Drug Administration        advises against taking high-dose (80mg) simvastatin.

Fluvastatin extended release, low-dose  or  twice-weekly rosuvastatin, or every-other-day   dosing of astorvastatin or rosuvastatin (off-label regimens) may avoid myopathy.           

Other ways include:

• Talking to your doctor about your risk of muscle problems if you have diabetes,  hypertension,  untreated   hypothyroidism, kidney  or  liver disease, drink heavily, are a super exerciser or drink a lot of grapefruit juice.

• Asking your doctor about taking 200 mg a day of CoQ10.

• Avoiding drug interactions. Various statins interact with cyclosporine; anti-fungal or anti-yeast medications; the antibiotics erythromycin,     clarithromycin    and   telithromycin; protease inhibitors;  the antidepressant nefazodone;     and/or other lipid-lowering  meds such as fibrates and niacin.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Split Pea Soup   by veggieraps.com

I made this soup last night, it is quick to make and absolutely delicious and just hits the spot!

3 cloves of garlic

3 shallots (I used green onion from the garden, feel free to use onion, leeks , etc.)

2 stalks of celery

1 carrot

2 TBL. of Earth Balance( plant based butter substitute, Trader Joes) or butter or oil

 

8 cups of water

2 1/4 cups split peas

2 TBL. of veggie bouillon or bouillon of choice

fresh cracked pepper

 

Finely dice the garlic, shallots, celery and carrots and saute' in a stock pot with the Earth balance over medium heat for 5 minutes (or until the shallots are translucent)

Add the split peas, water with veggie bouillon and a healthy dose of freshly cracked pepper( 20-25 cranks of a pepper mill).

Allow the soup to begin heating through while you peel and cube the potatoes. Cut the peeled potatoes into one-inch cubes then add them to the soup. Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat up to high, and bring it to a rolling boil. When it reaches a rolling boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer gently for 45 minutes.

OPTIONAL: Remove 4 cups of the soup and place in a blender. Blend until creamy, then add back to the pot and stir to make sure all of the ingredients are incorporated. (I personally did not blend the soup, I liked the small chunks of potato.)