According to the latest statistics, the medical experts claim that heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States! Yes, and you will be shocked when we tell you that more than 610,000 Americans die from it every year. Yes, this is really shocking! Well, you should also know that it has become a popular theory that high cholesterol levels can have a negative impact on your heart health, so, in order to combat this, many people turn towards cholesterol-lowering drugs to lower their risk of heart disease. But, unfortunately, it turns out that one of America’s most popular cholesterol lowering drugs, called statins, is not only ineffective at lowering cholesterol, but it also causes a variety of unpleasant side effects and has even been linked to cancer. Just take a look at the article below and find out more about this! And yes, we will tell you what’s the best way to protect yourself!
What Are Statins?
Before we continue with this article, I would like to ask you a simple question – do you know what are statins? Well, that’s easy to answer – statins are a widely prescribed drug that is used to lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, which is a major contributor to heart disease. Despite the fact that their main purpose is to lower levels of LDL cholesterol, many studies have found statins to be ineffective at doing this.
A recent study, published in the journal Vascular Health and Risk Management, has discovered that statins were incredibly ineffective at lowering cholesterol levels in patients with heart disease. Researchers found that statins only reduced cholesterol levels to the desired amount in 18% of the patients that were given them, showing that they are ineffective more than 80% of the time.
And, unfortunately, aside from them being ineffective at lowering cholesterol, they also cause a variety of unpleasant and even harmful side effects. Some of these include:
- Memory loss
- High blood sugar
- Increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
The experts also say that you should know that these drugs are also associated with more serious side effects such as myositis and rhabdomyolysis, which are conditions that cause inflammation of the muscles and can lead to serious muscle damage. Rhabdomyolysis can also cause damage to the kidneys which can result in kidney failure or even death.
Many different studies have also associated taking statins with a higher risk of cancer. Another, more recent study published in the journal Current Oncology, has revealed that statins increased the risk of cancer in the elderly and in people with prostate or breast cancer. Researchers also found that statins caused tumor progression in people with bladder cancer.
Note: and the real relation between statins and cancer is said to stem from the way that statins effect the body’s immune system. Researchers believe that, since statins increase the body’s production of T cells (white blood cells that fight off infection) it weakens other immune responses in the body, leaving it more susceptible to developing cancer.
Cholesterol and the Body
Unfortunately, as we said, the use of statins and other drugs became popular mainly due to the mainstream conception of cholesterol and the effect that it has on the human body. Many people falsely believe that cholesterol on its own is responsible for the clogging of the arteries that leads to heart disease.
The famous lipid biochemist at the University of Maryland Dr. Beverly Teter, says that this is due to a mistake scientists did many years ago. Well, she also thinks that cholesterol was wrongly blamed for heart disease when scientists noticed high levels of cholesterol in a damaged blood vessel. She believes that cholesterol was put there to fix a problem that was actually caused by inflammation.
Dr. Beverly Teter said:
“It’s the inflammation in the vessels that start the lesion. The body then sends the cholesterol like a scab to cover over it to protect the blood system and the vessel wall from further damage.”
She also recommends that in order to prevent heart disease, to not choose foods that are low in fat, but instead to choose foods that are high in anti-inflammatories. These include sources of omega-3 fatty acids and natural saturated fats. She also suggests avoiding sources of inflammation-causing trans-fat.
Foods that are high in inflammation-busting properties include:
- Flaxseed oil
- Wild salmon
- Hickory nuts
Make sure to eat all of the foods mentioned above, while avoiding these inflammation-causing ones:
- Deep-fried foods
- Pie crust
- Cake frosting
- Non-dairy creamer
Note: and, the best way to avoid inflammation-causing trans fats, make sure to not eat any deep fried or heavily processed foods. You should also know that not only do these foods cause inflammation, but they boost your cholesterol levels as well, leading to a combination that is sure to cause heart disease. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with you friends and family. Thank You and take care!