Q: My doctor recently suggested I use a statin drug to reduce my cholesterol numbers. When I suggested to her that I didn’t think statin drugs were good for my body she responded with ’the party line’, the answer all insured physicians are supposed to tell their patients. I’ve been doing more research and it doesn’t look good………………………. MD, Nashua
A: You are correct. Two of the most recent studies in fact indicate that statin drugs are actually making the problem worse, not better. One of the studies showed a 52% increase in the amount of plaque by statin users vs non statin users. The other study showed that there was a significant increase in the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes with statin drug use. In fact in another study there was an increased rate of 48% for diabetes in postmenopausal women who used statin drugs.
Follow your instincts and do the research before you agree to start taking these extremely dangerous and largely ineffective drugs. It seems the drug is only beneficial and worth the risk for a small group of people with cholesterol levels over 350. One in four Americans over 45 currently take the drugs for PREVENTIVE purposes, supposedly protecting them from heart attacks and strokes. But mounting research proves it is having the opposite effect and even putting you at greater risk.
GreenMedInfo.com has compiled over 300 documented adverse health effects associated with statins, some of the most common include muscle problems, anemia, acidosis, sexual dysfunction, cataracts, memory loss, immune depression, pancreatic and liver dysfunction. Another potentially lethal response to statins is the depletion of COQ10. So, if you are on statin drugs and continue to do so, it is imperative that you replace the COQ10 that is being dumped from your system by the drugs.
Both high levels of cholesterol and type two diabetes are better and more safely controlled by following a few simple lifestyle changes. “First, normalize your insulin levels by eliminating sugar (particularly fructose) and grains. A fasting insulin level is easy to draw and is very inexpensive. It should be below 3. Take a high-quality animal-based omega-3 supplement such as krill oil. Eat a good portion of your food raw (ideally organic to avoid agricultural chemicals). Eat healthy, preferably raw, fats, such as olive oil, avocados, seeds, raw organic nuts, pastured eggs, and grass fed meats. Regular exercise is another important tool…..If you are a man, or a woman who is in menopause, you should check your iron levels, as elevated levels of iron can cause major oxidative damage in blood vessels, heart and other organs. Excess iron is also one of the major contributing factors of cancer risk. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol excessively.” (Quoted from the #1 Natural Health Website)
Making these lifestyle changes will help keep you healthier and reduce the risk of many major diseases. It’s simple, but not easy. Every step you can take brings you closer to optimum health.
Disclaimer: The above information is not a medical prescription and should not be treated as such. If you are currently on the drugs, do your own due diligence. Check it out. Become informed. Stop being a victim and take action.
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- Wednesday, 24 October 2012
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