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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Red Yeast Rice and Statin Therapy
Is red yeast rice a viable alternative to statin therapy? And what about plant sterols/stanols?
Red rice yeast contains a statin, lovastatin, so needs liver tests to follow for risk of liver damage. Plant sterols are useful, but not reliable.
Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP
Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University