Don't take cholesterol meds to prevent blood clots
Statins aren't even the best way to accomplish the main thing they're approved for, and that's lower cholesterol levels -- so I certainly wouldn't trust them with anything even more important.
Yet these meds are touted for everything from heart protection to cancer prevention, and some people even take them because they believe the drugs will lower the risk of a blood clot.
But if you're at risk for this potentially deadly condition, the last thing you want to do is put your faith in a statin.
One new look at data on some 100,000 patients who took part in one of 29 published and unpublished trials finds absolutely no difference in clot risk between those who took the meds and those who didn't.
The only "study" to find a clot benefit was the one that isn't worth anything despite all the attention it gets -- the 2009 JUPITER trial, which had more conflicts than I can list here and found that statins can increase the risk of diabetes.
The study was funded by a statin maker and cut off years too early, pretty much as soon as they got the positive results they were looking for.
What's more, the study used healthy patients -- patients who by definition aren't even at risk of a clot in the first place, which is why just 94 of the 17,800 patients in the trial developed one.
That's simply not enough people to draw any conclusions from, and I'd question any doctor who uses the JUPITER trial to push statins for any reason at all.
But that doesn't mean you're powerless to prevent clots.
The condition is often caused by high blood levels of the protein fibrinogen. Lower those levels, and you can lower your risk -- and if you're taking one of the most popular supplements in the world today, you're already one step ahead on this.
The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can cut fibrinogen levels by as much as 10 percent. The enzyme nattokinase can also help here. And if you want to add a little zip to your meals and boost your heart health at the same time, eat more garlic.
Garlic can slash fibrinogen, prevent platelets from clumping, and improve overall circulation. The only downside is you might want to stock up on breath mints.
Also make sure you drink enough water during the day and get regular exercise so your blood doesn't thicken and increase your risk of clots.
But let me get back to statins here. Like I said earlier, they're not even the best way to lower cholesterol levels. In fact, you're better off with a simple piece of fruit.
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