According to recent statistics, heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It has been found that more than 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year. One of the main causes of developing cardiovascular disease is high cholesterol levels. In order to lower the risk of heart disease, many people start taking cholesterol-lowering medications prescribed by their doctors. But, numerous researches have proved that the most popular cholesterol-lowering medications, known as statins, are poorly effective in reducing cholesterol levels. Another bad thing is that they have numerous side effects which are even liked to cancer!
What Are Statins?
Statins are a group of drugs which can lower the LDL cholesterol levels. According to many different studies, statins are poorly effective and have numerous side effects.
A Study Confirms:
According to a latest study, published in the Vascular Health and Risk Management, this group of medications is extremely ineffective in lowering cholesterol levels in people who suffer from heart disease. The data claims that statins reduced cholesterol levels in 18% of the patients, but they were ineffective in 80% of the patients.
The side effects of these medications are:
- High blood sugar
- Memory loss
- Increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
Experts claim that statins are also related to myositis and rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis can lead to kidney damage, kidney failure, and even death. Researchers also managed to find a link between statins and a higher risk of cancer. One more recent study published in the journal Current Oncology, discovered that cholesterol-lowering drugs increase the risk of cancer in the elderly and people with prostate or breast cancer. It was also found that in people with bladder cancer, statins caused tumor progression.
Note: Statins stimulate the production of T cells in the body (white blood cells that fight off infection) and that weakens other immune responses in the body, making it more vulnerable to developing cancer.
Cholesterol and the Body
Many people believe that cholesterol is the major reason for blood clogging which leads to heart disease, but, according to Dr. Beverly Teter, a renowned lipid biochemist at the University of Maryland, this is a misconception. According to this well-renowned doctor, scientists have mistakenly blamed cholesterol for heart disease simply because they found high levels of LDL in a damaged blood vessel. Her theory is that cholesterol, in fact, is put there to fix a problem 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.” Dr. Beverly recommends consuming foods that rich in anti-inflammatories, rather than low in fat. She also suggests avoiding foods which contain inflammation-causing trans-fats.
Foods that are high in inflammation-busting properties include:
- Wild salmon
- Flaxseed oil
- Hickory nuts
These are some foods that cause an inflammation:
- Pie crust
- Deep-fried foods
- Non-dairy creamer
- Cake frosting
Note: These foods trigger inflammation and increase the cholesterol levels. It is a combination that certainly leads to heart disease. Avoid deep fried or heavily processed foods! It is the best way to avoid any inflammation.