Are you on a statin?
If not, hold onto your hat, as you might be much sooner than you think. In fact, according to new statin “guidelines,” if you’re over 60 it’s practically a done deal… more on that in a moment.
And if you are already on one, you better back up and make some room, because you’re about to get a LOT more company… around 13 million new statin users (I sure hope you have some extra guest towels on hand).
You may have heard by now, while we were ramping up for the holidays—and still bundled up in mittens and scarves—the “geniuses” at The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) got together to dream up the most insane set of new statin guidelines you could imagine.
But what Big Pharma’s best buds at the AHA and ACC actually did was give the drug companies the best late Christmas gift EVER. Their proposed Mickey Mouse guidelines vastly expand who can get these dangerous drugs, practically proposing every blessed American adult start popping these cholesterol-lowering “poisonous” pills.
And if you suspect I’m exaggerating, unfortunately I’m not.
Statins for everyone!
If you’re over 40 you have around a 50% chance of your doc whipping out a prescription pad and dashing off a new statin prescription for you at your next checkup. And if you’re a man 60 or older, you may as well go ahead and clear a spot behind the bathroom mirror for your new statin bottle.
If you don’t fall into those two categories, or your cholesterol isn’t elevated, don’t start celebrating too quickly. With the new statin guidelines you might still be getting an invitation to the statins party.
Do you smoke? You’re on the guest list. Elevated blood pressure? Good news, your invite’s already in the mail. Diagnosed with diabetes? You get to join the statins club, too.
In fact, a recent Duke University analysis found that what the new statin guidelines really mean is that HALF of every single person between the ages of 40 to 75 is now being advised to start downing a statin. And if that sounds crazy to you, that’s because it IS crazy.
As I’ve explained before, statins are nothing but bad news.
Avoid severe statin side effects
Around 10 to 15 percent of statin users will suffer from—sometimes severe—muscle pain… not to mention serious aches and fatigue. And if you like to exercise for your health, if you become a statin user you better proceed with caution. Your risk for those debilitating muscle pains shoots up to 25 percent.
Even worse, you could even be one of the unlucky souls who suffer from—sometimes permanent—muscle damage. But that’s far from the worst side effect that could be hiding in bottom of that statin bottle.
Your brain needs cholesterol to stay in tip-top shape. That’s why so many statin users suddenly find themselves suffering from memory problems. And your eyes need the compound to stay crystal clear, so as a statin user you may have cataract surgery in your future.
And while those statins are ridding your body of valuable cholesterol, they’re also depleting it of the important antioxidant CoQ10. I’ll give you one guess what organ thrives on the energy-producing abilities of CoQ10:yes, your heart. In fact, the antioxidant has been proven to slash death risk in heart failure patients by 50 percent, according to researchers in Denmark.
But we haven’t even gotten to the worst statin side effect yet. Statins cause your risk for type 2 diabetes to skyrocket. So you could be trading in elevated cholesterol (or even just the potential for elevated cholesterol) for a raging case of diabetes… not to mention all the complications that come along with the disease, including, ironically, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.
But with all those side effect risks, at least you can rest assured that statins are significantly lowering your chance of dying from heart attack or heart disease, right? Wrong.
In a massive study of 10,000 people, researchers found that statin users still had the same death rate as those with high cholesterol who went the “usual care” route... watching their weight, getting some regular exercise, and not smoking.
And, in fact, that’s exactly where my all-natural heart-healthy “prescription” for lowering cholesterol begins… skip the dangerous statin drugs, start watching what you eat, get a little exercise, and quit smoking. Next add in some heart-supporting supplements. To keep your ticker in tip-top shape I recommend L-Carnitine (1,000 mg), magnesium (500 to 800 mg), Coenzyme Q10 (100 mg), and mixed tocopherols vitamin E (400 to 800 IU).
If your doctor is trying to force a statin on you because of the new statin “guidelines” it’s time to find a new doc. I recommend a naturopathic doctor you can trust to tailor an individual all-natural plan for you.