Statins are more harmful than people realize

One of the top causes of death in the US is heart disease. It manages to kill 610,000 Americans each year. The prevailing theory is that your heart health is largely affected by cholesterol, and that is why a lot of people try to minimize their heart disease risk by turning to cholesterol-lowering medication.

However, new research has shown that statins aren’t really effective at reducing heart attack risk in some people and that they cause a wide range of negative side effects. They have even been associated with cancer.

But just how harmful are statins? This study has all the answers

Statins are a widely prescribed drug that is used to decrease cholesterol production.  

When it comes to minimizing death and heart disease in people who already have heart disease, statins have been shown to be effective. But for individuals who don’t already have heart disease, the evidence of statins being effective is not compelling.

When Dr. David Newman, a leading healthcare expert, and researcher-physician, conducted a study for five years, analyzing the effect statins have on people with no pre-existing heart disease, he found the following results:

  • The statins helped 0% of  people (They didn’t save any lives)
  • They harmed 1 in 10 (10%) of people by causing muscle damage
  • They helped 1 in 60 (1.6%) of people when they prevented a heart attack
  • They helped 1 in 268 (0.4%) of people when they prevented strokes
  • They harmed 1 in 67 (1.5%) of people by giving them diabetes

Statins also had the following other negative side effects:

  • High blood sugar
  • Drowsiness
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Memory loss

A high cancer risk has also been linked to statin intake. Statins increased the cancer risk of elderly people who were suffering from breast or prostate cancer, according to a study that was published in the journal Current Oncology. In people with bladder cancer, statins were found to promote the progression of tumors.

Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids and natural saturated fats and staying away from trans fats can help prevent heart disease

These foods help you fight inflammation:

  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Edamame
  • Wild salmon
  • Eggs
  • Hickory nuts
  • Pecans

While you are eating the above-mentioned foods, be sure to avoid the ones listed below:

  • Pie crust
  • Deep-fried foods
  • Margarine
  • Coffee Creamer
  • Cake frosting
  • Crackers

Avoid eating heavily processed or deep fried foods if you want to avoid trans fats. On top of causing inflammation, they also increase the levels of “bad” cholesterol. This combination of inflammation and “bad” cholesterol is a recipe for heart disease.