High Cholesterol Does NOT Cause Heart Disease
Cathy exposes the truth about statins and other cholesterol reducing drugs and their effect on heart disease.
In the United States, 48% of adults over the age of 75, nearly HALF, take a cholesterol lowering drug to reduce their chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Most people take what is called a “statin” to lower cholesterol. After early research pointed to cholesterol as the possible culprit in heart disease, the sales of statins exploded. Statins have now become the biggest selling drug class of all time, with annual sales exceeding $22 billion. Hundreds of millions of people world-wide take these statins to ward off heart disease.
Success or Myth
The results of this huge push to lower cholesterol have been successful. Between 1999 and 2012, the percentage of American adults with total high cholesterol decreased from 18.3% to 12.9%. If high cholesterol is truly the cause of heart attacks and strokes, we should see a drop in heart disease deaths. Right?
Wrong… heart disease continues to be the number one killer of Americans for the past 80 years despite the introduction of cholesterol drugs in 1987. We now know it’s not cholesterol that causes heart attacks and strokes, it’s INFLAMMATION of the cholesterol plaque in the vessels. That’s why some people still have a heart attack despite taking a statin, while others with high cholesterol don’t have a heart attacks or stroke.
Bad Side Effects
Of real concern are the bad side-affects statins can have which include muscle pain, liver damage, heart failure, elevated blood sugars, mental fuzziness to serious cognitive impairment and memory loss.
There are healthier and more natural ways to control inflammation in the body than relying on a statin.
Hypothyroidism is another less known cause of heart disease. The perfect storm for a heart attack or stroke is a patient with untreated type 2 hypothyroidism AND inflammation.
Evaluate Your Risk
Find out if you’re at risk. Get the simple blood test which can determine how much inflammation you have, and see an integrative medicine practitioner who knows how to evaluate and treat type 2 hypothyroidism. Call Redding Integrative Medicine today for your free screening to get started. Ask for me, Cathy Ochs, PA-C. (530) 605-1505.
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