Type II diabetes is a raging epidemic in the United States.
Of course, we can blame much of the problem on the mainstream’s misguided, decades-long advice to avoid eating wholesome foods with saturated fat…like meats, seafood, eggs, and full-fat dairy.
And—we can probably blame another huge part of it on a class of drugs taken by 300 million people worldwide.
In fact, a recent study found that these blockbuster drugs can cause your blood sugar to SKYROCKET…in just six weeks.
I’ll tell you all about that shocking study in just a moment. But first, let’s back up to go over what we already know about these dangerous drugs…
Statin drugs may CAUSE disease
I’m talking about cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved them decades ago based on their ability to lower cholesterol.
And, yes, they do block your body’s ability to naturally make cholesterol. But—as I’ve explained before—artificially lowering cholesterol to reduce heart disease risk is a flawed strategy.
For starters, every cell in the human body NEEDS cholesterol. So, by blocking a necessary, metabolic process, these toxic drugs end up causing far more harm than good over the long-term. In fact, research shows statins actually increase your risk of developing:
- Gluttony effect (whereby people abandon effective, heart-healthy habits)
- Heart disease (the very problem they’re supposed to prevent!)
- Lowered libido
- Muscle damage
- Parkinson’s disease
And now, the new study I mentioned shows that statins also put you at risk for developing Type II diabetes…in a disturbingly short amount of time.
Blood sugar DISASTER in just six weeks!
For this new study, men and women who had not previously been treated with a statin drug took 40 mg of simvastatin (Zocor®) every day for six weeks.
Within that short amount of time, 7 percent of them developed clinically high blood sugar. Plus, 25 percent developed metabolic changes “consistent with development of prediabetes.”
But that’s not all…
The researchers found that the men and women also developed insulin problems—another red flag indicating Type II diabetes.
Of course, in a healthy person, beta cells in the pancreas produce just enough insulin to drive the glucose (sugar) out of your bloodstream and into your tissues.
But when someone follows a high-sugar, high-carb diet, they can develop “insulin resistance.” In this case, beta cells must produce more and more insulin to get rid of the sugar. And, eventually, the tissues can become completely resistant to the effects of insulin.
Well, as this study showed, a bad diet isn’t the only thing that can lead to this disastrous process. You can develop it after just SIX WEEKS of taking a doctor-prescribed statin drug!
In fact, 53 percent of participants exhibited altered beta cell function after taking the statin. Worse yet, a whopping 54 percent of them developed full-on insulin resistance.
In the end, this study adds to the growing body of evidence that shows you should ALWAYS strive to AVOID taking a statin drug. Instead, if you’re concerned about lowering your heart disease risk, you have many commonsense strategies to lowering it without resorting to taking a dangerous, toxic drug…
Here’s what you can do—starting today
You can slash your heart disease risk by following these safe, time-tested, drug-free approaches:
1.) Enjoy a heart-healthy diet. A wealth of evidence shows that you can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease by adopting a wholesome Mediterranean-type diet. This type of diet includes full-fat dairy, fresh produce, nuts and seeds, grass-fed and -finished meats, wild-caught fish and seafood, olive oil, and alcohol, in moderation.
2.) Get moving a few times a week. Studies show getting just 140 to 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week is optimal for heart health, especially as you get older. Walking, hiking, and swimming are excellent choices for moderate exercise, particularly outside in Nature where you can soak up some sun. And remember—even light gardening, yardwork, and housework count toward your weekly total.
3.) Manage stress. Practicing a mind-body approach, such as mindfulness meditation or acupuncture, can do wonders for lowering your stress—the No. 1 hidden cause of high blood pressure. (This short quiz will help determine which approaches will work best for your “emotional type.” To learn more about “emotional types,” refer to my book, Overcoming Acute and Chronic Pain: Keys to Treatment Based on Your Emotional Type.)
Of course, there are many other natural ways to support your heart health in addition to the ones I’ve touched on today. I outline them in my Heart Attack Prevention and Repair Protocol. To learn more about this innovative, online learning tool, or to enroll today, click here now!