Statins are generally used for lowering cholesterol levels and eventually prevent a heart attack. They’re commonly prescribed to people suffering from high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease and some doctors even prescribe it as a precautionary measure to healthy people.
This type of drug is among the most popular drugs on the market. In the US, 1 in 4 people over 45 years of age have a prescription for statins, a number that is set to increase as a result of the draft recommendation by the USPSTF – The US Preventative Service Task Force earlier this year.
The USPSTF proposed that statins should be prescribed to all people between 40 and 75 who also have an increased risk of heart problems in the next 10 years by 10% or more (according to the online calculator from 2013 by the AHA-ACC). They recommend this even for people who’ve never experienced a stroke or heart attack.
It turns out that if you’re an US adult over 40 you shouldn’t be surprised when your doctor prescribes you statins on your next checkup. That’s why we advise you that you do your research beforehand and determine on your own if statins are really what you need because it’s most likely you don’t.
Here Are 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Take Statins
They Simply Don’t Work
It’s their main function to lower your cholesterol levels and when they do get lower you would presume it’s the statins doing their job, lowering your risk of heart disease and making you healthier and better. But you would be wrong.
Heart disease isn’t just linked to high cholesterol levels. Moreover, there’s evidence to suggest that statins may even aggravate your heart health and only look like they’re effective as a result of statistical deception.
According to one report, statin proponents used a statistical tool in their reviews called relative risk reduction to make it look as the statins are more effective than they really are.
The absolute risk shows that statins are effective for a mere 1% of the total population, meaning that 1 in 100 people on statins will benefit from the drug, which isn’t all that impressive, actually it’s far from impressive. That’s why statin proponents are prone on using a different statistical tool, relative risk.
Statins Reduce the Levels of CoQ10
CoQ10 is an enzyme which is used by every cell and tissue in your body for energy production and is essential for goof health, longevity, high energy levels and an overall life quality. Statins lower the levels of this enzyme in your body, which is why they have such a devastating result.
Ubiquinol, which is a reduced for of this enzyme is an essential component in the production of ATP and cellular respiration. ATP is another coenzyme which has a function to carry energy throughout your entire body, including your heart, which is the most energy-demanding organ. So imagine the results of lowering the levels of this enzyme, it’s literally striping your body of energy.
Even though statins claim to lower your risk of heart disease, it seems that they do just the opposite, deplete your body of CoQ10 and increase one’s risk of heart failure.
The main recommendation, if you’re on statins, is to take it with Coenzyme Q10 supplements. However, if you’re over 40 years of age and taking statins, it’s better If you supplement with ubiquinol, as your body absorbs it better.
Statins Lower Vitamin K2 Levels
This was published in the latest research, from March 2015, and it’s not still known to the general public. The research was published in the Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology and claims that contrary to what was believed so far, that statins lower cholesterol levels and by doing so lower your risk of atherosclerosis, statins actually may be making you more prone to heart failure and atherosclerosis.
The study focused on a couple of key elements to make their deduction, one of which was the fact that statins deplete your body of vitamin K by inhibiting its synthesis. This vitamin is essential in preventing arterial calcification and if its levels are reduced, plaque levels will worsen.
The main role of vitamin K2 is to transport the calcium where it’s needed, like the bones or the teeth, as well as removing it from where it isn’t needed, like your soft tissues and arteries.
Statins have been revealed to inhibit vitamin K2’s function and taking them can make you deficient in this vitamin which can lead to a number of serious conditions including heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis, brain diseases, cancer, inappropriate calcification, heart problems.
Statins Reduce the Production of Ketones
The way that statins work is that lower your cholesterol levels by inhibiting the cholesterol producing enzyme in the liver (HMG coenzyme A reductase). Well, this same enzyme produces the coenzyme CoQ10 and ketones, essential nutrients for your mitochondria.
Ketones are essential for proper body functioning, they are biological signaling molecules and can be divided into three groups: acetone, acetoacetate and beta hydroxybutyrate.
Your liver produces these ketones and they’re actually turning out to be very important for regulating your metabolic function and longevity.
Statins Increase the Risk of Numerous Serious Diseases
Based on everything previously said, that stains reduce ketone production, make you deficient in CoQ10 and inhibit vitamin K2 synthesis, it goes without saying that they increase the risk of numerous serious health conditions and diseases, including cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders, musculoskeletal conditions and cataracts.
According to research, women who use statins for 10 years or more have a doubled risk of two different types of breast cancer, invasive lobular carcinoma and invasive ductal carcinoma. Moreover, a different study revealed that statins use is connected to increased risk of prostate cancer in men as well.
When it comes to the increased risk of diabetes, it was revealed that they increase tour insulin resistance which can be detrimental for your health, and raise your blood sugar levels as well. Statins prevent your liver from producing cholesterol, which means that your liver returns the excess sugar to the bloodstream, this raising the sugar levels in your blood. According to a meta-analysis from 2011, the risk of diabetes increases with the increase in statin dosage.
Cholesterol is essential for your brain, 25% of your total body cholesterol is contained in the brain. This substance is of essential importance for the formation of neuron connections, which enables you to form new memories, learn and think. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that memory loss has been reported as a side-effect from statins use. We already mentioned that statins lower the production of ketones, which fuel your brain. They’ve also been reported to protect your brain from seizure, neuronal diseases and age-related disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. According to some studies, statins can actually increase your risk of Parkinson’s.
When it comes to the increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders, a great number of statin users have reported myalgia, muscle cramps and weakness, autoimmune muscle diseases, rhabdomyolysis and tendinous disease. Why are these two connected? Well, it has to do with the fact that statins interfere with the proteins that contain selenium, which are essential for preventing oxidative damage in muscle tissue. Among these selenoproteins is glutathione peroxidase, and by blocking it statins conduct irreversible damage on muscle tissue.
If You’re on Statins, Make Sure You Take CoQ10 and Vitamin K2 Supplements
If your doctor prescribes a statin therapy you should start taking vitamin K supplements and we recommend looking for the MK-7 form. This type of vitamin K is extracted from the fermented Japanese soy product, natto. The recommended dosage is 45 mcg to 185 mcg on a daily basis.
In addition to vitamin K supplements, you need to consider takin CoQ10 or ubiquinol as well, as statins interfere with their levels as well.
Protecting Your Heart Health
If you believe you can make do without statins and are looking for a more natural approach to better cardiovascular health here are a few advices that may help you promote your heart health and feel better overall:
- Start by reducing sugars and grains in your diet gradually until you eliminate them completely. They’re detrimental for your overall health and have no nutritional value.
- Consume plenty of raw foods
- You diet should be abundant in high quality, omega 3 fats (animal based), such as krill oil. According to research only 500mg of this oil per day can improve your triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
- Eliminate the harmful trans fats and vegetable oil with healthy ones like coconut oil, olive oil and butter. Coconut oil and butter can be used for cooking, while olive oil is only beneficial cold.
- Fermented foods are super beneficial and need to be included in your diet as well.
- Mind your vitamin D levels and make sure you get plenty of it by spending time under the sun.
- Be physically active and exercise on a regular basis. HIIT exercises are very good for overall health and make sure you include them in your routine.
- Limit your alcohol consumption and quit smoking if you’re a smoker
- Sleep is crucial for your health so make sure you get plenty of good quality sleep
- Lower your stress levels and relax more.
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