Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It is estimated approximately 610,000 Americans dying from it every year. Many healthcare practitioners already feel there is an overuse of statin medication in the United States.
What Are Statins?
Statins are a class of medicines that are frequently used to lower blood cholesterol levels. They are also among the most widely prescribed drugs of all time. They work by blocking a substance your body needs to make cholesterol.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance present in your blood that is needed for building and maintaining cell membranes, converting sunshine to vitamin D, and other important functions.
Statins: Ineffective & Side Effect
Many studies have found statins to be ineffective at reducing cholesterol. One study found that they only reduced cholesterol levels in 18% of patients that were put on them. That means that more than 80% of the time, statins just didn’t work the way they should’ve.
Many side effects go away as your body adapts to the medication. The most common side effect of statins is muscle and joint aches and pains. The medication can also cause nausea and vomiting. More serious side effects include liver and kidney damage, risk of prostate and breast cancer, an increase risk of type 2 diabetes and memory loss. Statins are known to cause liver damage by increasing the liver’s production of digestive enzymes also speed aging and lower sex drive.
Lifestyle is key for preventing heart disease risk
Lifestyle changes are essential for reducing your risk of heart disease, whether you take a statin or not. To reduce your risk:
-Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
-Eat a healthy diet that’s low in saturated fat, trans fat, refined carbohydrates and salt, and rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains.
-Be physically active, sit less and exercise regularly.
Natural remedies that can help lower cholesterol levels
-Coriander helps lower the levels of total cholesterol
-Turmeric has been shown to lower the levels of LDL cholesterol
-Apple cider vinegar helps lower your total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
-Brinjal has the ability to counteract the increase of LDL cholesterol
-Coconut oil is considered a beneficial home remedy for high cholesterol, even though it is a saturated fat.
-Green tea contain a substance called epigallocatechingallate that is useful against high levels of LDL cholesterol.