In America heart disease is one of the major cause of death. As it has been suggested that high cholesterol levels have a detrimental effect on health, many people started using cholesterol-lowering drugs to decrease their risk of heart disease.Apparently, statins, the most popular medications for lowering the cholesterol levels in America fail to provide effects, and at the same time, they have been connected to cancer and various other severe side-effects.
Statins are popular, prescribed drug used to reduce LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, as the main reason for heart disease. But, studies have found that statins are ineffective in lowering the LDL cholesterol levels.
The journal Vascular Health and Risk Management published a study which discovered that these drugs were very ineffective at lowering cholesterol levels in patients who have heart disease.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.
Statins cause numerous side-effects, such as:
- Increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- Memory loss
- High blood sugar
They have been related to sever side-effects, like myositis and rhabdomyolysis, which are conditions that cause muscle inflammation and serious muscle damage. Rhabdomyolysis can also lead to kidney damage, which can cause kidney failure and death.
The journal Current Oncology published a study which found 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 stimulate 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.
These medications became popular due to the extensive belief that cholesterol negatively affects the body, and contributes to the clogging of arteries, that will in the end lead to heart disease.
Dr. Beverly Teter, a lipid biochemist at the University of Maryland,stated:
“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.”
She suggests that in order to avoid heart disease, one should consume foods that are rich in anti-inflammatories, not low in fat.Such as: Walnuts,wild salmon,pecans,flaxseed oil,hickory nuts,eggs and edamame.
And you should avoid the following inflammation-causing foods: Crackers,pie crust,cake frosting,non-dairy creamer,margarine and deep-fried foods.
These foods increase the cholesterol levels, and thus creating a combination which can lead to heart disease.