With over 610,000 Americans who die from it annually, heart disease is among the main causes of death in the country. There is a widely accepted theory that high cholesterols levels could negatively affect your heart health. So many people use cholesterol-lowering drugs for reducing the risk of heart disease.
But statins, which is among the most widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs in the U.S., is simply an ineffective drug for lowering cholesterol while also causing various unpleasant side effects. One big sad news is that it is even connected to cancer.
So What are Statins?
Statins are extensively prescribed drugs used for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. It is a big contributor towards heart disease.
Although it is meant to help lower LDL cholesterol levels, studies show that statins are ineffective.
According to one such study (published – Vascular Health and Risk Management), statins are simply ineffective in reducing cholesterol levels in heart disease patients.
According to the researchers, there were only 18% patients in whom statins helped in reducing cholesterol levels to the desired amount. This demonstrated that statins are ineffective in over 80% cases.
But what is even more concerning about statins is that they cause a number of unpleasant or harmful side effects. These effects can be anything including constipation, rash, drowsiness, diarrhea, high blood sugar, enhanced risk of type II diabetes, and memory loss.
Statins have also been linked to more serious side effects like rhabdomyolysis and myositis. These conditions result in inflammation in the muscles. They can also cause serious muscle damage.
Kidney damage can result from rhabdomyolysis, which can further lead to kidney failure or death.
According to various studies, the use of statins has been linked to increased risk of cancer. According to one such study (published – Current Oncology), statins caused enhanced risk of cancer in the case of people having breast cancer or prostate cancer, and in elderly people. The researchers also concluded statins causing tumor progression in those having bladder cancer.
The underlying cause is believed to be that statins have an impact on your body’s immune system. According to researchers, statins cause increase in the production of T cells in the body. These are white blood cells responsible for fighting infections. But this results in the weakening of the other immune responses in your body. This leaves your body more vulnerable to the development of cancer.
Usage of statins and different drugs became widespread after it the concept of cholesterol and its effects on human body became widely known. It is generally believed, and falsely so, that cholesterol itself causes clogging of arteries leading to heart disease. According to the lipid biochemist Dr. Beverly Teter of the University of Maryland, the underlying reason is because of the errors of scientists years ago.
According to Dr. Teter, cholesterol has been given the wrong blame for heart disease because scientists found high levels of it in a damaged blood vessel. According to her, cholesterol was in fact put in the blood vessels for fixing the problem caused due to inflammation in the first place.
She claims that inflammation in the blood vessel is what initiated the lesion. Then the body starts sending cholesterols to the area as a scab for covering and protecting the blood system. It is also meant to prevent additional damage to the vessel.
According to Dr. Teter, preventing heart disease doesn’t mean that you should be taking low- fat foods. You should however take foods having high anti-inflammatories. The best examples of such foods are those that are rich sources of natural saturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. The doctor recommends to avoid foods which are rich in trans fat which cause inflammation.
Some of the best foods that have inflammation-fighting properties are flaxseed oil, edamame, pecans, walnuts, hickory nuts, wild salmon, and eggs. You should consume all these foods but avoid the following foods that cause inflammation:
– Pie crust
– Deep-fried foods
– Non-dairy creamer
– Cake frosting
One of the best ways to keep inflammation-causing trans fats out of your diet is to avoid heavy processed and deep fried foods. They can cause inflammation and increase cholesterol levels too. This combo is certainly going to cause heart disease.
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