High cholesterol has become a common health issue among the Amercian population. It has come to the alarming stage as a huge number of Americans are now prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs.
The fact and survey indicate that in 1994 only 2% of Americans with the age of 45 or more than that were taking statins (cholesterol lowering drug). But the recent survey has shown that the number of Americans taking statins has now increased to 25% in 2011. As a prevention measure for cardiovascular disease, doctors tend to prescribe statins to high cholesterol patients.
However, shockingly a scientific review published recently in Huffington post indicates that statins are virtually useless for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. The review was published in The Cochrane Collaboration which involves the study of a total of 34,000 people.
The study claims that the positive results of statins are over-reported while the negative ones are under-reported. Some of the patients were already facing the cardiovascular issues and thus the positive results were related to people with CDV. This indicates that the prevention capabilities of drugs were falsely reported.
The meta-analysis also criticized the steep financial and terrible side effects cost of the drug.
What Do Statins Do?
The drug helps to reabsorb the plaque which is stuck inside the arteries and thus prevents the heart attack. Statins also block the substance which liver needs to produce cholesterol.
Why Are They Bad?
So, why cholesterol is considered as bad? You will be shocked to know that cholesterol is actually present in every cell of our body, especially in brain cells. In fact, our liver produces cholesterol in our body to keep us healthy.
However, there are two types of cholesterol HDL (good) cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol). The balance of these good and bad cholesterol in the body is important. When this balance get disrupt and the LDL becomes high in the body, it can lead to heart disease.
Whereas the HDL is very useful for our body. It helps to produce hormones, bile and vitamin D in the body. It also forms membranes of cells and facilitates communication between cells. It is an important element for the growth and maintenance of the brain. Additionally, HLD also helps to clear the LDL from the arteries.
Statins don’t simply influence LDL cholesterol, it likewise keeps the liver from creating HDL cholesterol. This keeps HDL from leading all the imperative errands said above.
Another motivation behind why this medication causes such a large number of various issues is on the grounds that it hinders a cholesterol-making protein that is expected to make coenzyme Q10. This biochemical spark plug and cancer prevention agent are found in each cell, particularly the heart where it secures and feeds mitochondria, little structures that deliver vitality.
Common side effects of the drug include:
Here are the common side effects one can identify among the regular patients who consume the drug to lower the cholesterol level-
- Memory loss and confusion
- Liver damage
- High blood sugar and diabetes
- Difficulty sleeping
- Flushing of the skin
- Muscle aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal cramping or pain
- Bloating or gas
- Muscle and kidney damage
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke
The True Causes Of Cardiovascular Disease
Trust it or not, sugar really leads to heart disease. At the point when the liver metabolizes sugar, it stores glycogen for a source of energy to keep your body going. When you eat an excess of sugar, the glucose is changed into lipids which stay in your circulation system as cholesterol and triglycerides. At the point when overpowered with fructose, the liver starts to store fat, bringing about the non-alcoholic fatty liver illness.
Other common causes include:
Here are some other reasons which are responsible for increase in cholesterol as well as heart disorders among people
- Heart disease risk factors
- High blood pressure
- Being overweight or obese
- Not exercising
- Family history of heart disease
- Poor stress and anger management
- Narrowing of the arteries (peripheral artery disease)
- Older age
Natural Ways To Lower Bad Cholesterol
Be happy, because you can actually manage your cholesterol levels at home that too naturally. Here are some nutrient rich foods which you can feed your heart to keep it healthy.
Eat avocados every day
It is amazing that without affecting triglyceride and HLD levels avocados can lower LDL cholesterol in your body.
The fruit consists of a compound that relaxes your blood vessels. This compound is very useful to treat and cure the cardiovascular disease. So, have avocados along with toast and poached egg in the breakfast to keep your heart healthy.
Spice It Up With Lemongrass
As per the study conducted at the University of Wisconsin, the lemongrass essential oil is helpful to reduce the cholesterol levels without any negative side-effects.
Sprinkle Some Cinnamon
Want to manage blood sugar for type-2 diabetics and cholesterol levels in one shot? Go for Cinnamon. It is medically proven that just a ¼ tsp of cinnamon powder is enough to lower blood sugar, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol by 7-27%, respectively.
So, from today go green to manage your cholesterol level. Say NO to the harmful medication and naturally lower down the bad cholesterol in your body. For healthy life always eat a balanced diet and do regular exercise.