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Statin Drugs & Diabetes: What You Need To Know

Recent reports continue to find an adverse relationship between Type 2 diabetes and the risk of Alzheimer’s, with diabetes shown to increase the risk of an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.

In light of this, it would make sense that we do everything we can to prevent the development of diabetes in our own bodies. That’s why it’s troubling to hear about new research that demonstrates that one of the most commonly prescribed classes of medications, statin drugs (used to lower cholesterol), has a profound impact on the chance that someone could develop Type 2 diabetes. Let’s dive into this research today. Continue reading

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Statin Drugs Increase Risk for Brain Hemorrhage

We are seeing ever-increasing efforts to make us believe that lowering our cholesterol is always going to be a risk-free event…and these efforts are working. Statin drugs to lower cholesterol have become among the most popular medications in the country!

But it’s really important to see what our most well-respected scientific journals are telling us about these drugs. In a meta-analysis study, researchers found that those individuals taking what were considered “higher dosages” of statin medications had more than a 50% increased risk for bleeding in their brains (intracerebral hemorrhage). Continue reading

Statin Drugs Increase the Risk for Cataracts

A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, evaluated the risk for cataracts in over 200,000 patients taking statin medications in comparison to over 1 million control subjects. The study concluded that the risk for developing cataracts was increased by 27% in those individuals taking a statin in medication for one year or more, stating:

This study demonstrates that statin use is significantly associated with cataract requiring surgical intervention.

Interestingly, the study was just reviewed by the online health news service, HealthDay. In their report they interviewed Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, who indicated that cataracts are very common and are easy to deal with by having a “quick, painless and 99.9% successful” surgical procedure. He went on to say, “So, since you are going to get a cataract anyway, you might as well take your statin — it’s in your best interest.”

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The War On Cholesterol

The war on cholesterol has been waged for the past couple of decades because cholesterol is obviously something very terrible…or not exactly.  It turns out that lower cholesterol levels are strongly associated with increased risk for becoming demented.  Again, the lower the cholesterol the higher the risk for becoming demented.  In this video we will take a look at some of the science that will hopefully change your mind about this brain protective chemical.

April B.

I found Grain Brain at my local Costco and found that I could really relate my experiences with food with what you were describing. I had very strong cravings to eat all the time, and had known that when I would cut bread/sandwiches out of my diet, I lost those same cravings. Your book defined things for me in such a way that I could grasp what had been happening in my body for many years.  I knew that my fasting glucose had been rising over the last few years and during my marriage year my family physician had prescribed Crestor for my whopping high cholesterol.  My late mother also had been diagnosed with high cholesterol about the same age and had been put on cholesterol lowering medication.  She died at age 78 with no stents or surgeries on her heart, but with Alzheimer’s.  More than anything I did not want to end up with Alzheimer’s…I have to die somehow but not with that please!

After reading your book I went off my Crestor, because it all made so much sense to me!  I already had an appointment in 3 months time to have my fasting glucose and my cholesterol retested.  In the meantime I very much reduced my sugar intake. From a dietary perspective, I drank no juice, had no candy and gave up desserts and did no baking. I would eat an egg or 2 each day, have cheese and meats, eat asparagus, green beens and juice green vegetables with lemon, ginger and an apple. I am not able to do this perfectly but I knew I was doing pretty well, with NO CRAVINGS. I lost weight fairly rapidly, and have now lost a total of 30 pounds as of February 2014. My doctor is happy about that. My triglycerides are only .90 mmol/L so this has encouraged me also. I did convince my doctor to give me the C-reactive protein test and it has come back low. I am more encouraged to stay on this new regimen and leave the Crestor alone. 

I doubt that I am gluten sensitive although 2 of my 3 sons are, with 1 of them having also having leaky gut. Both of these young men were diagnosed with ADD before high school. There is a history of food intolerances and behavior issues in their father’s family, and I feel that is where this is where these issues come from. Continue reading

Statin Drugs and Diabetes

Because of the close correlation between diabetes and risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia, you really want to be focusing on keeping your blood sugar under control. A new study has found that exposure to statins may put you at greater risk for diabetes, thereby increasing your chances of experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Why We Need to Focus on Alzheimer’s Prevention

A stunning new report was just published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), revealing an incredible overusage of medications that are basically useless in nursing home residents with advanced dementia. 

The study looked at a sample of 5,406 nursing home residents and reviewed the various medications they were taking. Specifically, the study looked at medications that were deemed to be “never appropriate” in this patient population including various “Alzheimer’s drugs” as well as drugs designed to lower cholesterol, and several others. The report demonstrated that 53.9% of the patients were receiving at least one drug that fell into this category, meaning that they were receiving a medication that is basically useless in this population.  Continue reading

CoQ10: Powerful Supplement for Health

We’re certainly hearing a lot about the nutritional supplement, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), as of late, and with good reason. The clinical application of CoQ10 has now been validated in many conditions, including coronary heart disease, heart failure, diabetes, chemotherapy, and periodontal disease. It’s now being explored for therapeutic efficacy in such diverse entities as immune function, migraine prevention, high blood pressure and even sperm motility.

CoQ10 is found in virtually every cell in the body, where it plays a pivotal role in the process whereby the cell is able to convert fuel into energy. Beyond this obviously critical function, CoQ10 also serves as one of the body’s most crucial antioxidants, protecting every cell against the damaging effects of chemicals called free radicals. So it’s no wonder CoQ10 is receiving so much attention.

CoQ10 is manufactured in the body, and levels of this life-supportive chemical are enhanced when CoQ10 is consumed. Lower levels may be associated with the use of various medications including:

  • Statin drugs used for lowering cholesterol. These include Lipitor, Pravachol, Zocor, and Mevacor. Continue reading
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Should Statin Drugs Ever be Used?

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a round table discussion focused on the topic of statin medications used to lower cholesterol. As many of you are now aware, a new set of “guidelines” developed by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology was recently issued instructing healthcare practitioners as to when to prescribe this group of drugs.

Incredibly, under these guidelines almost half of the American population between the ages of 40 to 75 and virtually all men over age 60 would qualify for the use of this potentially dangerous class of medications.

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