Since February is Healthy Heart Month I wanted to talk a bit about the common drug prescribed to many people to lower cholesterol, Statins. Cardiovascular disease is a growing epidemic in this country is a top killer not just in this country but worldwide. Estimated costs of treating heart disease in the US will go up by approximately 545 billion dollars over the next two decades.
Unfortunately. the American Heart Association is being used by big pharmaceutical companies to push dangerous and minimally effective statin drugs on the American people.
There is a growing body of evidence that shows statin drugs are over prescribed, questionably effective, and can cause serious side effects. However, the American Heart Association continues to heavily promote statins as universal heart attack prevention and many are being prescribed when in fact they do not have elevated cholesterol . They have even publicly raised the question of whether statins should be added to the US water supplies along with fluoride.
Today, millions of Americans are using statin drugs for controlling high cholesterol and preventing heart attacks. These conditions, however, can often be managed effectively with natural cardiovascular supplements and lifestyle changes, without dangerous side effects. This approach is NOT the right approach to guarantee heart health to those with elevated cholesterol.
Not only are statins not effective but can be dangerous as shown by studies by John Hopkins but they are dangerous with common side effects such as muscle pain, memory loss, and liver damage—these medications also raise your diabetes risk by as much as 13 percent.
John Hopkins University investigated these findings in a study done in 2008 saying statin were effective but , they came out with very different results which suggested that statin drugs only offered minimal decreased risk of heart attack, and only in patients who had significant arterial calcium deposits, not elevated cholesterol. And they are not the only research institute that has disputed the use of statins.
To make matters worse, the FDA acknowledges the influence of statins on diabetes risk—but have approved its use for heart attack prevention anyway, based on the results of the now-famous flawed JUPITER study. Needless to say, this development does not bode well for the health of our country.
For example, it is a well known fact that even simple lifestyle changes—such as a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3s, daily physical activity, and adequate sleep and hydration—can go a long way toward reducing inflammation and restoring health and balance to your body.