As we all know, the FDA approved statin drugs based on their ability to lower cholesterol in the blood.
And that they do.
But no evidence suggests statins reduce your risk of heart disease or even death, which was the actual point. (Or should have been.)
Plus, the mainstream medical system jumped to conclusions about the supposed “benefits” of artificially lowering cholesterol before we had any long-term observations. Worse still, they jumped to conclusions before we observed the drugs’ long-term complications.
We’ve known for decades that every cell in your body needs cholesterol. It is also the basis for building all the hormones in the body. And we now know that abnormally lowering cholesterol with these toxic drugs puts your body under extreme stress, causing a number of dangerous and life-threatening side effects.
Plus, the case against statins keeps getting stronger…
Statins raise Type II diabetes risk
In a new study, researchers looked at the development of Type II diabetes among 3,234 statin users in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Forty percent of the participants took simvastatin. Thirty-seven percent took atorvastatin. Nine percent took lovastatin. And 8 percent took pravastatin.
These participants were at high risk of developing Type II diabetes at the study’s outset. But, instead of helping them, statins just made them worse…
Turns out, men and women who took statins for more than 10 years had a 36 percent increased risk of developing Type II diabetes. Plus, they longer they used the drugs, the higher their risk of developing the disease. And the increased risk did not depend on the magnitude of the reduction in cholesterol levels.
This isn’t even the first statin-diabetes rodeo…
A previous study followed more than 8,700 Finnish men ages 45 to 73 over just six years. In that study, men who took statins had a 46 percent increased risk of developing Type II diabetes.
And in a third study, the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, researchers followed statin use among 8,400 women ages 76 to 82 years. That study found a dose-response effect of developing diabetes. So, Type II diabetes risk increased from 17 percent at the lowest doses ¾ all the way up to 51 percent at the highest doses.
Astoundingly, the researchers from the first study still say you should take statins because their supposed “benefits” outweigh their very real risks. They say people with Type II diabetes run an increased risk for developing heart disease. So, in addition to managing their blood sugar, they need to take statin drugs for their heart health.
But, wait a minute, their study found that statins cause diabetes. And previous studies show statins don’t lower heart disease risk. So, why would doctors ever prescribe them?
Look beyond statins
As I told you last Monday this week, you have many natural options for managing your blood sugar. In fact, a recent study in a heavy-hitting biochemistry journal found that a compound in the ancient spice turmeric outperforms the first-line Type II diabetes drug metformin.
Of course, metformin is the only drug I ever recommend for Type II diabetes. And it derives from the ancient European folk remedy called French lilac. So, the study really compared one herb to another herb (prepared as a drug).
If you haven’t seen the announcement yet, I just released a brand-new online learning protocol that details natural steps you can take to prevent and reverse Type II diabetes. I’m now accepting the first round of scholars into this interactive online course, my Integrative Protocol for Defeating Diabetes. Click here to enroll today or learn more.
“Statin use and risk of developing diabetes: results from the Diabetes Prevention Program,”
British Medical Journal Open Diabetes Research & Care (www.bmj.com)