Statins... Cholesterol Lowering Drugs! Is there really a viable alternative?
Statin drugs target the blocking of cholesterol production by the liver. They are very powerful, and for most people effective. They work by inhibiting an essential enzyme needed to synthesize cholesterol. As to be expected from a powerful drug such as this there are inevitable side effects which at best may be aching muscles or even permanent liver damage.
What is even worse is that these drugs are so powerful that they have the ability to lower your cholesterol levels to a degree that can be dangerous. There is evidence that total cholesterol of 180 or less increases your risk of a stroke.
Not only that, but there is evidence that 'forced' low cholesterol levels can lead to senility, depression, impotency and a host of other problems. Cholesterol is needed by the body to manufacture sex hormones and a host of other substances. That's why the liver produces it…it's a normal natural process that occurs in the body.
For the past few years, doctors have been debating the benefits of statins, and wondering if the drugs used to help lower cholesterol levels might do more harm than good.
According to a new study from a team of researchers based in both Norway and New Jersey, statins may not only cause interactions that help deplete levels of coenzyme Q10 – a substance used by every cell of the body to help encourage growth that also acts as a protective antioxidant – but also has the potential to inhibit Vitamin K2, which protects the heart and arteries.
That’s not good news for the number of people prescribed statins. Currently, 1 in 4 middle-aged residents in the United States are taking doctor-prescribed statins, and that number is expected to grow as high as 1 in 2, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
The net result of this is that those people who are on statin drugs and who don't take CoQ10 are actually increasing their risk of a cardiac event, not lowering it as they thought!
However, heart disease is not the only risk associated with statins.
According to a 2012 study that appeared in an American Heart Association journal, those who used statins had a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a disease that also has an impact on arterial health because high blood sugar levels cause arterial walls to become sticky, slowing the flow of blood.
To reach their conclusions, researchers from Harvard Medical and the Joslin Diabetes Center reviewed a series of studies to determine that statins did elevate the risk of type 2 diabetes.
A Canadian study had previously found that high-potency statins boosted the risk of type 2 diabetes by 15 percent for those who were prescribed statins after a heart attack or a stroke compared to those taking lower-potency statins.
Managing healthy cholesterol levels
By using Lipi-Rite you'll be giving your body the right ingredients to help support healthy cholesterol levels. But remember, when it comes to HDL and LDL, it’s all about the ratio.
We have customers approach us because they are in a panic due to their total cholesterol being too high with their doctor insisting that they go on a statin drug, but they are too frightened to do so.
We first ask them what their HDL and LDL measurements are? It often turns out that their HDL is so high that it has pushed their total cholesterol up, but their ratios are excellent.
It's important that you discuss the following with your doctor (maybe even get a second opinion from another doctor):
- Your HDL/LDL ratios
- Your level of triglycerides
- Alternatives to statins
- Lifestyle changes (exercise, diet and supplementation)
Remember, there are many ways to manage your cholesterol levels without immediately going down the statins route. By discussing the above with your doctor and taking a multi-pronged approach to your cholesterol levels, you'll be doing yourself a favour by avoiding the terrible side effects that come with statins.
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