So, about a month ago I mentioned that I was starting my low carb Ketogenic diet. So far so good, as to date I am down about 12 lbs., never bloated and my mental clarity is better than ever. Enough about me, lets finish where we left off last month regarding cholesterol, fats, statins and more.
I had mentioned recent evidence that proves dietary cholesterol intake has little to no effect on circulating blood cholesterol levels and that inflammation caused by certain carbohydrates is a major factor in cardiovascular disease. The current guidelines for statin usage recommends them for anyone with cardiovascular disease(CVD), anyone with LDL levels above 190 mg/dl, anyone with diabetes between 40-75 years of age and anyone with over a 7.5% chance of a stroke or heart attack in the next ten years. All of this comes with claims that statin drugs can lower cholesterol levels by approximately 30%. It all sounds good looking at just this fact. Take a closer look and things change a bit.
A 2010 study by Dr. David Newman found that statins really only work with those with prior heart disease, and the average risk reduction is only 3% at best. The same study demonstrated statin takers who had no pre-existing heart disease: 98% had zero benefit at all, 1.5% developed diabetes as a result of the medication and 10% developed long term damage to their muscles. Likewise, an article published in the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrated no change in lifespan between those on statins vs. non-statin users. Dr. Sherif Sultan, President of the International Society for Vascular Surgery has linked statin usage to increased diabetes, cataracts, renal failure, liver damage, depression as well as severe nerve and muscle damage. Dr. Barbara Roberts of Brown University has proven that statin usage with women with no history of CVD has absolutely zero positive effects but carries the negative risks.
With roughly fifty percent of users being female, one has to wonder who is really benefiting from the drug sales. Please don’t get me wrong, being that the absolute risk of having a heart attack can be as high as 49% in makes and 31% in females with all the risk factors, CVD is a serious problem which must be addressed. The point I am trying to get across is that there are much more effective methods available for reducing that risk. We can look at stress reduction methods, incorporating proper exercise, correct dietary changes, etc., will all have a much more profound impact on our health and longevity than relying on a medication that has been proven to work only on a specific target group and with success rates of only 3%.
So much misinformation has been ingrained in our minds over the decades, it is difficult to open our minds to new things. Take the food pyramid we grew up with in school. Heavy emphasis on grains and only a sprinkling of fat at the top. It’s no wonder our countries population is exponentially increasing its rates of obesity and diabetes. Don’t be afraid to look outside the historic box and search for yourself the many new and wonderful ways to get and stay healthy and happy. I will keep you up to date on how my Keto experiment is going as it applies to weight management, energy, focus and blood chemistry markers. So, until we meet again, have a great month.