Trailblazing Thursdays: The Side Effects of Statins

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More than half a million Americans die of heart disease every year. Without statins, a cholesterol-reducing drug, that number could be even more staggering.

There’s no doubt about it: in a world wrought with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, statins are a necessary and beneficial part of traditional medicine. But how safe are they? Do the benefits outweigh the negative side effects?

The answer: It depends.

First, let’s take a look at some of the most common side effects of statins.

Muscle Pain and Damage

When our CEO Jim Kean suddenly had high cholesterol after a lifetime of conscious eating and living, his physician suggested statins. For Jim, this was unthinkable. Statins have been known to break down muscle mass, a side effect that would certainly be detrimental to Jim’s athletic goals. It may sound like he was risking heart disease to keep up his performance, but he wasn’t. He knew there was a way to bring down his cholesterol without drugs. And he did.

Jim was wise not to jump into statins at the first sign of a problem. The cholesterol-lowering drugs have been shown to cause myopathy, which is a disorder where muscle fibers malfunction, resulting in muscular weakness. Scientists theorize that this effect might be caused by statins interfering with how cells produce their energy.

Myopathy is the most common and problematic side effect of statins. But it’s not the only.

Liver Damage

Statins can cause your liver to increase the production of enzymes that help digest food, drinks, and medications. The effect is usually mild, but in severe cases statin use might have to be discontinued. The liver has a myriad of functions in the body, so it is essential that this organ isn’t compromised.

Diabetes

A few studies have suggested that statin use may increase an individual’s chances of developing diabetes, though the effect is fairly small. A study in Canada with 500,000 residents, for example, found a 10-22% increase of risk for diabetes depending on the type of statins used.

Researchers say it’s possible that certain statins impair insulin secretion and inhibit insulin release, which expedites the development of diabetes. Also, those who need to take statins most likely have other metabolic issues and may already be at risk.

Dependency

“When you begin to take a statin, you’ll most likely be on it for the rest of your life.”

Think of using statins like getting liposuction. It’s a quick fix, but it’s only eliminating the symptom, not the problem. Statins reduce the amount of cholesterol in the body but do nothing to address the reason the body created the excess cholesterol in the first place. Once you come off of statins, it’s likely that your cholesterol levels will jump right back up

. . . unless you’ve made significant lifestyle changes.

Think about that for a second. If lifestyle changes determine whether you can come off statins safely or not, doesn’t it make sense to see if they can keep you off of statins altogether?

Are They Worth It?

Statins are important. At some point the human body becomes so compromised that natural methods will not be able to bring it back to healthy levels. In these cases, drugs save lives. When it comes down to life or death, the good statins will do for your body far outweigh the bad.

Yet there is so much we can do to prevent ourselves from getting to that point. When the question becomes whether you should take statins or try and heal yourself naturally, the answer is quite different.

WellnessFX encourages its members to start with one of the main causes of high cholesterol: lifestyle. We have seen first-hand from customer testimonials that small changes can not only prevent high cholesterol, but bring it back down as well. WellnessFX gives you control through providing you with personal data and expert consultation services. You’ll have the resources to achieve your health goals through whole foods, safe supplements, and accessible exercise regimens.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to cholesterol, there’s no guarantee that statins should be completely avoided. Every person is different and you’ll ultimately need to consult with a physician or expert to know whether statins are right for you. But even lowering the needed dosage by implementing natural remedies will go a long way in longevity, overall health, and peace of mind.

And isn’t that what wellness is all about?

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