How statins can GIVE YOU diabetes!
Every doctor sees it this time of year.
We're flooded with appointments from patients who've vowed to make big changes for the New Year, starting with that long-delayed physical.
And that's when too many make a huge mistake.
They're so eager to "get healthy" that they end up gobbling a whole bunch of meds they probably don't need, from aspirin to blood pressure drugs to statins.
And it's that last one that could lead to the biggest regret, because statins can deliver just the opposite of the good health you promised yourself.
Taking them for cholesterol can lead to immediate problems like debilitating muscle pain.
On the plus side, you could also suffer from memory loss -- another notorious side effect -- so maybe you can forget all about the pain!
Those aren't even the worst of the side effects, either.
These drugs, taken to cut cholesterol and supposedly PROTECT your heart, can actually trigger one of the nation's leading cause of heart attack.
I wish I were kidding, but it's true.
These drugs can cause diabetes.
One study a few years back found that statins cut your cholesterol levels just as your doctor hopes. But they will also cut some things he won't measure as frequently.
Your insulin sensitivity will plunge by a quarter... and insulin secretion by 12 percent.
That, in turn, can lead directly to diabetes, which is why one study found that the drugs can increase your risk of this devastating disease by up to 46 percent.
Research published just last year found that the risk is even higher in older women.
If you're over the age of 75, higher doses of statins can increase your risk of the disease by up to 50 percent.
Imagine that! You make it to the age of 75 in relatively good health... enjoying your golden years... only to have all your plans come crashing down around you when you get hit with this diagnosis.
It's not rare -- because 1 in 5 older women develop diabetes.
Most probably think it's just bad luck. But as the new study shows, it could be your meds -- drugs you probably never even needed in the first place.
See, "lower" isn't always "better." The truth is far more complicated.
It's not LDL levels alone that matter... but other much more important factors such as particle size and oxidation. Blindly lowering LDL without taking those other factors into consideration is a recipe for disaster, as the studies show all too well.
If your doc's knowledge of cholesterol begins and ends with just trying to lower it, it's time for a new approach in the care of a skilled holistic medical doctor.