Thursday, July 16, 2015

Statin use on the rise—because they’re a bargain?

A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found that it would be cost-effective to treat 48-67 percent of all adults aged 40-75 in the US with statins—that would be doubling the current number of 26 percent of people in that age bracket taking them, by the way.

By expanding the current recommended treatment guidelines in this manner, the researchers estimated that 161,560 cardiovascular-related events could be averted.

Am I the only one that sees something wrong here?

First of all, since when is the decision to prescribe a drug no longer just “what’s best for that patient and their health needs” but also a consideration of whether it’s a bargain and if enough people will get their money’s worth?

Secondly, tell me how in the world researchers can accurately estimate the number of possible cardiac events that would be avoided due solely to statin use.  There are numerous other factors that could precipitate the avoidance of a cardiac event like starting an exercise program, eating better and quitting smoking. 

Additionally, we currently have about 128,000,000 people aged 40-75 in the US, so allegedly preventing 161,560 cardiovascular events in this population by doubling their statin use results in about a 0.3 percent (three-tenths of one percent) reduction--that you can’t even prove is the result of the medications to begin with. 

I don’t think that’s cause for celebration for anyone but statin manufacturers.  

Lastly and most significantly, what about all the OTHER problems that will most assuredly arise from doubling our statin use?  Yes, some people may achieve the magical < 200 cholesterol level with statins, but what about all the potential dangers they present?

The real dangers of statins include:
  • Liver failure 
  • Breakdown of muscles which can cause kidney failure & death
  • Muscle pain and weakness, which can lead to incapacitation
  • Memory loss, depression
  • 46 percent increased risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Pancreatic inflammation
  • Gallstones
  • Nausea, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea 
  • Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches
  • Sexual dysfunction 
  • Peripheral neuropathy 
  • Low energy
  • Abnormal heart rhythm

Who does need statins?
Statins do have their place, but the people who really need them is a tiny fraction of the people who are actually taking them.

According to cardiologist Dr. Steven Sinatra and Dr. Robert Rowen, those people who could benefit from statin use include:
  • People suffering from acute coronary syndrome
  • Non-diabetic men suffering from coronary artery disease
  • People with familial hypercholesterolemia (a genetic defect that can result in cholesterol levels above 330)
In addition, Dr. Sinatra states that statins are not effective for most women, and are definitely not indicated for use in children.

Help to reduce your risk of heart disease—safely and naturally
Rest assured there are very effective measures you can take to help encourage a healthy cholesterol level and help reduce your risk of heart disease.

Here are the four biggest bangs for your buck:

Avoid refined carbs, vegetable oils and trans-fats
These foods can lead to inflammation in your blood vessels which increases your heart disease risk. 

Plus most (non-organic) vegetable oils produced in the US are made from GMO ingredients.

Encourage a healthy essential fatty acid balance
When you have too many Omega-6 essential fatty acids and too few Omega-3s (like most people with a typical modern diet do), you're encouraging inflammation, pain and disease, as well as not being able to eliminate excess cholesterol as well as you should!

But when you bring the balance closer to the ideal 3:1 range, the Omega EFAs act together in harmony to keep inflammation low in your body (including your arteries!) and help you get rid of excess cholesterol.

In addition to eating more fatty fish, VitalMega-3 is a top-quality fish oil formula that can help you achieve this optimal balance.

Based on recent studies, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported decreases in cholesterol of up to 20 percent in just 10 DAYS by boosting Omega-3 EFA's through diet and supplementation!

Make sure you get enough vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is crucial for the health of your blood vessels because it converts homocysteine to methionine (a benign amino acid).  Homocysteine is a sulfur amino acid which is the by-product of your digestion of proteins, and if allowed to build up in your bloodstream, it can cause inflammation and increase your risk of heart disease.

Hydroxaden 2.5 is an easy, convenient way to make sure you’re getting the B12 you desperately need for cardiac health, as well as to help encourage a healthy nervous system and boost your energy too!  Just five quick sprays under your tongue each day is all it takes.

Get regular exercise
By “regular exercise” I mean movement other than sprinting back and forth between the couch and the refrigerator during commercials or doing 12 oz. curls.

No excuses.  You have the time—admit it. 

Work around any physical limitations--even brisk walking is helpful and nearly everyone can do that.  A physical therapist or exercise physiologist can help guide you if you have physical challenges.

Try to find an exercise buddy—you’ll be less likely to skip a workout if someone else is counting on you to show up.

Get your doctor’s OK (especially if you haven’t exercised in a while or ever) and get moving NOW.  It’s never too late and you’re never too old.

True prevention of heart disease and promoting a healthy cholesterol level isn’t rocket science. It’s just a matter of giving your body the building blocks and support it needs to work the way it’s supposed to!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

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