Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, with approximately 610,000 Americans dying from it every year. It has become a popular theory that high cholesterol levels can have a negative impact on your heart health, so, in order to combat this, many people turn towards cholesterol-lowering drugs to lower their risk of heart disease.
However, it was found that the use of these drugs might not be the best solution to your health issue and even be more damaging than beneficial to your overall health. According to a study, one of the most popular of these drugs was found to not only be ineffective, but also to present an extremely high risk of cancer and memory loss to those who take it. The name of this drug is Statin.
The journal Vascular Health and Risk Management published a study which found that these drugs were extremely ineffective at lowering cholesterol levels in patients with heart disease.
It has been found that they only lowered cholesterol levels to the desired amount in 18% of the patients who took them, and thus fail to provide effects in over 80% of the time.
Aside from them being ineffective at lowering cholesterol, they also cause a variety of unpleasant and even harmful side effects. Some of these include:
– Rash – Constipation – Diarrhhea – Drowsiness – Memory loss – High blood sugar
– Increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
Statins are also associated with more serious side effects such as myositis and rhabdomyolysis, which are conditions that cause inflammation of the muscles and can lead to serious muscle damage. Rhabdomyolysis can also cause damage to the kidneys which can result in kidney failure or even death.
Statins were found to increase the risk of cancer in numerous other studies. The journal Current Oncology published a study which discovered that these drugs raise the risk of cancer in the case of breast or prostate cancer, or in the elderly. Statins have been found to promote tumor growth in the case of bladder cancer.
The link between cancer and statins is believed to be the way statins affect the immune system.
Researchers believe that, since statins increase the body’s production of T cells (white blood cells that fight off infection) it weakens other immune responses in the body, leaving it more susceptible to developing cancer.
Cholesterol and the Body
The use of statins and other drugs became popular mainly due to the mainstream conception of cholesterol and the effect that it has on the human body. Many people fasley believe that cholesterol on its own is responsible for the clogging of the arteries that leads to heart disease. Dr. Beverly Teter, a lipid biochemist at the University of Maryland, says that this is due to a mistake scientists many years ago.
Teter believe that cholesterol was wrongly blamed for heart disease when scientists noticed high levels of cholesterol in a damaged blood vessel. She believes that cholesterol was put there to fix a problem that was actually caused by inflammation.
“It’s the inflammation in the vessels that start the lesion,” she said. “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.”
She suggests that in order to prevent heart disease, one should consume foods that are rich in anti-inflammatories, not low in fat.
These foods include sources of natural saturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids. Moreover, terry advises the elimination of sources of inflammation-causing trans fat.
Here is a list of the most popular foods which are rich in anti-inflammatories:
– Walnuts – Wild salmon – Pecans – Flaxseed oil – Hickory nuts – Eggs
Furthermore, make sure you avoid the following inflammation-causing foods:
– Crackers – Pie crust – Cake frosting – Non-dairy creamer – Margarine
– Deep-fried foods
To avoid trans-fat, try to avoid deep fried of heavily processed food. Those food will cause inflammation and also boost your cholesterol levels. The combination of both condition can surely increase your risk of developing heart disease.