Did you know that tens of millions of Americans pop cholesterol lowering drugs – statins and statistics say that there are millions more must be making it an everyday habit? This article is devoted to how statin drugs can be detrimental in the long run. You can also look up for natural remedies that “actually” work in lowering the LDLs.
You are in the clinic waiting anxiously for your call. You go in. Doctor breaks it to you. You have high cholesterol and already took a sneak peek at the report. You know what’s awaiting you but just wanted to confirm it. And so it happens.
Checking your cholesterol level doctor prescribes you statin along with dietary amendments that you have to follow. But you cannot handle the idea of popping pills every day. It’s just too much. Though you want better and faster results, you can’t accept it.
But then situation matters. There is a pricking curiosity that asks if you can shun statins and go with natural treatment methods such as diet and exercise only.
This is not your story. This is the story of every second person I meet. Though cholesterol is produced in the body we rely on foods that tend to boost the cholesterol level be it good or bad (bad taking the upper hand).
Now this is one side of the story. The other sections of LDL breakers are the majority of Americans who are addicted to statins. They have a routine life. Let’s say, wake up in the morning, grab a hurried breakfast, pop a pill, scoot to work, grab a snack (if missed lunch) and then come back, dinner and hit the sack. Some even hog the PC at night.
How statins work?
In simple terms, they are cholesterol inhibitors as in they block the enzyme in your liver that produces cholesterol. Since people crave for immediate results they feel that statins will work wonders on the body and can prolong their life.
The tragic part is that the dangerous side of statins still lurk below but are widely disregarded by consumers. For those who are not aware there are around 900 studies to prove the adverse effects of statin medications. Right from muscle loss to cancerous cells, statins are defamed for boosting health issues. Some of them include:
- muscle problems such as degenerative muscle tissue, nerve damage in hands/feet
- low immunity
- vision problems such as cataracts
- liver, pancreatic dysfunction
- memory loss
- sexual dysfunction
If you have been consuming medications such as:
- Advicor (lovastatin with niacin)
- Crestor (rosuvastatin)
- Mevacor (lovastatin)
- Altoprev (lovastatin)
- Lescol (fluvastatin)
- Pravachol (pravastatin)
- Zocor (simvastatin)
- Lipitor (atorvastatin)
- Vytorin (ezetimibe/simvastatin)
- Caduet (atorvastatin with amlodipine)
- Simcor (niacin/imvastatin)
Then, you better consult your medical practitioner for a natural alternative. Though gradual, statins have a crucial role to play in jeopardizing your health. So make amendments now.
Statins impair the bodily functions
If you are consuming statins, you better take CoQ10 enzyme along with it. Or else you are at a serious health risk. CoQ10 is necessary for cellular energy production. It also plays a good role in maintaining blood glucose levels. Coenzyme is very important for neutralizing free radicals. Prolonged consumption of statins can cause loss of cellular energy and damage the mitochondrial DNA.
If that’s not enough, other biological functions such as sex hormones or cortisone are also affected by long usage of statin medication. They also deplete the body’s natural ability to create vitamin D that is one of the building blocks of your body.
Statins also have the power to boost the insulin resistance that are extremely harmful for your health. Increase in the insulin resistance means more inflammation in the body. And I need not tell you what inflammation does to your body. The primary target is heart disease which is one of the reason you are consuming this cholesterol lowering drug. But apart from that it also triggers belly fat, high blood pressure levels, fatigue and nerve disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer etc.
Cholesterol lowering drug is linked with diabetes
It is said that statin medications can raise the blood sugar level in your body. Whenever you have food loaded with starches or sugar, few of the excess sugar goes to the liver. It is then stored away as cholesterol or triglycerides. As statins prevent the liver by producing cholesterol they are reversed back by the liver as sugar to the blood stream. This increases your blood sugar levels.
Now here comes the main difference between drug-induced diabetes and actual type 2 diabetes. They are not the same. If you are taking statin drug and your blood glucose goes high, chances are you are having hyperglycemia which is basically a side effect of statin.
Here the doctors presume that you are dealing with type 2 diabetes. They might prescribe you with another drug when all you have to do is simply cut statin from your daily routine. This will put your blood glucose level back to normal.
Friends, please if you or your loved one is taking statins and have been dealing with diabetic issues, pass on this info.
Natural remedy for cholesterol
Guys, there is no need to ingest statins and suffer the damaging consequences on your body. It is a proven fact that almost 75% of your cholesterol is produced by the liver. It is also influenced by the insulin levels. This means if you correct your insulin level you will automatically optimize the cholesterol. It all comes down to regulating your cholesterol level by modifying your lifestyle and dietary practices.
- Hit the sunlight. Optimum vitamin D levels are of prominent importance in normalizing your cholesterol. It can also cut down cardio diseases a great extent.
- Eliminate grains and sugars from your diet. You might also want to have good portion of your food raw.
- Omega 3 fatty foods such as krill oil act as fantastic cholesterol busters.
- Heart healthy foods such as olive oil, coconut, coconut oil or raw dairy products, eggs, avocados, nuts (not roasted or salted, but raw), seeds, etc. are appropriate for you.
- Cut down your stress levels a great extent. Join meditation for better benefits.
- Avoid smoking or drinking. Join a rehab if you are addicted.
- Always get quality sleep at least 6-8 hours at night.
Originally posted 2013-03-06 03:54:00.