Another health benefit of statin cholesterol meds… Diabetes?

Are statins making us sicker than elevated cholesterol would?

 

 

 

 

Another health benefit of statin cholesterol meds… Diabetes?

Concerns about cholesterol drive sales of statin drugs. The disease in question is heart disease and the method to drive these sales of fears of the unknown. The health care system created cholesterol as one of the most common bogeymen of healthcare. Discussions about cholesterol levels, good vs. bad, which level is better are common in many doctors offices.

The recommendation of what a good level is could change with the next study that comes out. Meanwhile, many of the people who are on these drugs need to be monitored closely to prevent liver and muscle damage. In other words, they are quite dangerous. Unfortunately, many people with lower levels of cholesterol have been told that they should be on the medications even though we do not fully understand the implication of too little or too much cholesterol. Different genetic makeup’s handle it differently. Before people were on statins, didn’t they still live into their golden years without subjecting themselves to these costly and potentially harmful drugs?

New information has now surfaced that the rise in statin usage has now been linked to an epidemic in Diabetes. Apparently, healthcare by the numbers (the cholesterol numbers, that is) is not only harmful to your liver and muscles, but to your pancreas too.

You will want to read this article on Mercola.com. While I never suggest weather or not you should take these meds, I will definitely recommend you become better informed and be a better healthcare consumer. Patients in fear are lousy healthcare consumers. Patients who are knowledgeable are more likely to make healthier decisions.

Beware: This Popular Drug Can Actually Cause Diabetes by Dr. Mercola

Tens of millions of Americans are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs – mostly statins – and some “experts” claim that many millions more should be taking them, including children as young as eight.

I couldn’t disagree more.

Statins are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, that is, they act by blocking the enzyme in your liver that is responsible for making cholesterol (HMG-CoA reductase).

The enzyme that these drugs block is actually responsible for far more than making cholesterol.

It also makes CoQ10 which is vital for your mitochondrial health.

The fact that statin drugs cause side effects is well established – there are now 900 studies proving their adverse effects, which run the gamut from muscle problems to diabetes, to birth defects and increased cancer risk.

  • Now you can add exercise-related muscle damage to the ever growing list of harmful side effects.

Tens of millions of Americans are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs – mostly statins – and some “experts” claim that many millions more should be taking them, including children as young as eight.

I couldn’t disagree more.

Statins are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, that is, they act by blocking the enzyme in your liver that is responsible for making cholesterol (HMG-CoA reductase).

The enzyme that these drugs block is actually responsible for far more than making cholesterol.

It also makes CoQ10 which is vital for your mitochondrial health.

The fact that statin drugs cause side effects is well established – there are now 900 studies proving their adverse effects, which run the gamut from muscle problems to diabetes, to birth defects and increased cancer risk.

Now you can add exercise-related muscle damage to the ever growing list of harmful side effects.

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