If you screw around with one of the most fundamental and necessary systems in the body (cholesterol levels), you can wreak havoc everywhere.
There is zero credible evidence that statins offer net benefit, and the downsides are legion. And the “science” behind statins is both corrupt beyond redemption, and incompetent beyond belief.
2022-10-29 by Joseph Mercola. Emphasis added.
Cholesterol lowering medications have a long history of side effects and adverse events. Research finds your risk of diabetes may double, or even triple, with long-term use. Lower your risk of cardiovascular events without using medications.
- While past research has indicated statins increase your risk of diabetes, data demonstrate they double your risk of Type 2 diabetes, and when taken for more than two years may even triple your risk
- Statins work by blocking a liver enzyme your body uses to make cholesterol; blocking this enzyme triggers a depletion of CoQ10 and vitamin K2, both necessary for heart health and the prevention of some cancers. Your body makes cholesterol as it is necessary for the production of hormones and cell walls, and to produce substances to digest food
- While the relative risk reduction of a cardiovascular event with statin medications is between 20% and 25%, the absolute risk, or the actual difference in rates of coronary death is 2.3%
- Additional risks associated with statin medications include neurodegenerative diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, cataracts and heart disease; consider using natural approaches to improve your cardiovascular health
Statins are a type of medication prescribed to lower cholesterol levels. They work by blocking an enzyme in the liver your body uses to make cholesterol. Although vilified for many years as causing heart attacks and stroke, your body makes cholesterol as it is needed to produce hormones, build cell membranes and produce substances used to digest food.
Statins Trigger High Number of Side Effects
Statin medications deplete your body of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which may account for some of the devastating long-term results. It was strongly suggested the FDA add a black box warning to statin medications to advise patients and physicians about this, but in 2014 the FDA decided against it.
The reduction in CoQ10 may be responsible for an increased risk of acute heart failure and atherosclerosis, as reported in a 2015 scientific investigation. The study addressed physiological mechanisms in the reduction of CoQ10, including the inhibition of the synthesis of vitamin K2 necessary to protect against arterial calcification.
A reduction in vitamin K2 may contribute to osteoporosis, heart disease,34< brain disease and inappropriate calcification. Statins have also been associated with an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases, cataracts, cancer., and musculoskeletal disorders.
In one study, a research team evaluated the use of statins in patients with terminal illnesses who had a high likelihood of dying within one year. They found those who stopped taking statins had a mean survival of 39 more days than those who continued to take statins — 229 days without statins and 190 days with statins.
Although the FDA calls liver complications rare, one physician’s search of MedWatch, the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting Program, found 5,405 individuals reporting hepatitis or liver function abnormalities associated with just two statin medications between 2006 and 2013.
WIND: trust your doctor.... to be incompetent at risk assessment. For that matter, few doctors ever consider relative risk vs absolute, which is critical and basic to the analysis... yet they’ll quote you total bullshit (relative risk) all without any mention of side effect. And for that matter, few doctors are even competent to read medical studies. Doing so requires critical reasoning skills, which are stunted in most doctors.
The cholesterol hypothesis belongs on the trash heap of crackpot ideas, yet it is the basis for poisoning tens of millions with statins. Which is exactly what you’ll get along with scare tactics if you trust a doctor working for a corporation or similar—paint-by-numbers “care” that is really abuse, where the doctor is not allowed to even think.