Heart disease is the main cause of death in the United States and is the reason 610,000 of Americans die every year. There is a popular theory about how high level of cholesterol can lead to heart disease. So, in order to solve the problem, many people are using drugs to lower their risk of developing heart disease.
Unfortunately, it has been found that America’s most popular cholesterol lowering drugs called statins is not effective to lower cholesterol as it claim to be. What’s worse it that the drug may cause numerous side effect and can even lead to cancer.
Side Effect of Statins
Statins is a drug which commonly prescribe to lower LDL or the bad cholesterol which is the main contributor to heart disease. Though statin was made to lower the level of LDL cholesterol, many studies have found that statins is ineffective to solve the problem.
One study published in the journal Vascular Health and Risk Management discover that statins is actually ineffective to lower cholesterol levels for heart disease patients. According to the founding, statins were could only reduce the cholesterol level of 18% of all participants. It means statins is ineffective more than 80% of all time.
However, the problem does not stop in their ineffectiveness. It has also been found that there are various unfavorable and even dangerous side effect from statin including the following:
- High blood sugar
- Memory loss
- Increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
Some more serious side effect of statins also include myositis and rhabdomyolysis. Both of those conditions cause inflammation of the muscles and may lead to a serious muscle damage. Rhabdomyolysis may even cause damage to the kidney and result in kidney failure or even death.
According to some studies, taking statins can also increase the risk of cancer. According to a study published in the journal Current oncology, the elderly and people with prostate or breast cancer may increase their risk of cancer if they take statins. The researchers also discover that statins can cause tumor progression in people with bladder cancer.
It has been said that the reason why statins may cause cancer is due to its effect in the body’s immune system. According to the researcher, statins increase the body’s production of T cells (white blood cells that fight the infection) which then weaken other immune response in the body. In the end, this condition will make the body become more susceptible in developing cancer.
Cholesterol and the Body
Many people consuming statins and other similar drugs because of mainstream conception of cholesterol and it effect on human body. Most people believe that cholesterol is responsible for the clogging of the arteries which may lead to heart disease. According to dr. Beverly Teter, a lipid biochemist at the University of Maryland, it is due to the mistake scientists made years ago.
Tetes believe that the reason cholesterol is wrongly blame for heart disease is because the scientist noticed high level of cholesterol in a damaged blood vessel. However, she believes that cholesterol was there to fix a problem that cause inflammation.
She said that the lesion start because of the inflammation. Then the body send the cholesterol to cover it in order to protect the blood system and the vessel wall from further damage.
To prevent heart disease, Teter suggest to avoid foods that are low in fat but rather choose foods that are high in anti-inflammatory properties like omega 3 fatty acids and natural saturated fats. Another type of food that need to be avoided is trans-fat.
Here are some food that are high in inflammation properties:
- Flaxseed oil
- Hickory nuts
- Wild salmon
Make sure to put those food in your dietary. Meanwhile, don’t’ forget to avoid the following food because they can cause inflammation:
- Deep-fried foods
- Pie crust
- Cake frosting
- Non-dairy creamer
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.
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