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Earlier this year, results from a statistical study of the clinical records of 68,000 elderly people, concluded there was no relationship between bad (LDL) cholesterol and cause of death.
These findings have added fuel to the controversy that drug manufacturers have been less than transparent about statin’s harmful effects and that they fudged their testing stats to make it look like we needed to take them.
Are Cholesterol Reduction Drugs Safe?
And, did pharmaceutical companies knowingly lie about the benefits of statins?
Putting aside our present culture’s tendency to get the cash 1st, and apologize later, IF they get caught, the glue holding together this particular deception, if it is one, is in danger of coming unglued.
This group of statistical researchers reviewed and analysed the clinical proof staten pushers used to promote the drug, and concluded that the:
…deceptive approach statin advocates have deployed to create the appearance that cholesterol reduction results in an impressive reduction in cardiovascular disease outcomes through their use of a statistical tool called relative risk reduction (RRR), a method which amplifies the trivial beneficial effects of statins.
We have also described how the directors of the clinical trials have succeeded in minimizing the significance of the numerous adverse effects of statin treatment…”
That statin drugs reduces cholesterol readings isn’t in question. They do.
But, does lowering cholesterol actually protect us from heart disease?
Recently released research results questions this ‘assumption’ of the link between LDL bad cholesterol and heart disease…
We did not find that trend. If LDL-C is accumulating in arteries over a lifetime to cause heart disease, then why is it that elderly people with the highest LDL-C live the longest?
Since people over the age of 60 with high LDL-C live the longest, why should we lower it?”
For a dude who last month, during his annual physical and analysis of his blood tests, showed off a LDL cholesterol level at a reasonable (I thought) 205, the above findings sounded pretty darn reassuring.
Yet, despite my flat out refusal, my new (Michigan) doctor, didn’t back off from his recommendation that I should lower my cholesterol even more with statin medication.
To his credit, he didn’t badger me.
Nor did he agree that inflammation, not cholesterol levels, is the main cause of heart disease.
Warning: Other than some research I’ve done, I’ve no hard core proof about the relationship of inflammation and heart disease.
But, years ago, I did take statins.
They make my muscles sore and achy. They bothered my stomach. And, worse of all, they messed with my sex life!
And, they could be why I now have to take daily medication to stimulate my thyroid.
Even the U.S. government’s Food & Drug Administration says that statin side effects include:
- Memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion (cognitive impairment)
- Increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes.
- Risk of muscle damage.
While, I won’t take statins because of my history with them, not everyone is going to have the same results.
For example, the FDA, on the same page listing the negative side effects of statins, included this quote from a real, live, medical doctor:
…The value of statins in preventing heart disease has been clearly established…“Their benefit is indisputable, but they need to be taken with care and knowledge of their side effects…”
I’m not convinced that lowering LDL cholesterol is the best answer for preventing heart disease. But, I think the FDA quote is a fairly balanced statement…
At least until we get more scientific proof to back up the, as of now, contrarian view that higher LDL is beneficial to longevity and as protection from other age-related diseases.
Good review of the no link between cholesterol and heart disease controversy here
I was in my early 30’s the 1st time my cholesterol levels were tested.
My LDL was well over 400. Last month, at 71, my LDL was, as I said, a little over 200…
Huge reduction without the artificial help of a cholesterol lowering drug!
So, how’d I do it?
Can’t prove it’s why, but I’m living a much different lifestyle now than I was in my 20’s and 30’s.
Basically, I take better care of myself…
I sleep more than 3 hours nightly. I drink lots of water. I eat lots of vegetables, and my favorite snack is fruit.
I don’t drink alcohol, smoke (even gave up cigars since I’ve moved to Michigan) or fool around with recreational drugs. (If you don’t count doctor prescribed ones)
The biggest change was getting successful treatment for PTSD.
I’m convinced I’d never seen 40, otherwise. The anxiety and stress were killing me.
Am I saying that stress raises our cholesterol levels? Not sure, but probably.
Just as I’m not sure the pharmaceutical companies marketing statins doctored their test results, but probably.
More Links To Statin Side Effects:
Jr. Walker & The All Stars:
Way Back Home …Another favorite song I hadn’t heard in a long time…
That’s it for today. Talk to you next time. Until then,