Why is it that cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins) increase the risk for diabetes?
I’ll try to make this short and sweet, but it’s important you understand just how serious statin damage really is. Statin drugs do not cure heart disease. Quite the opposite: they cause it! In fact, there have been many studies proving that statin use causes an imbalance of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), which can lead to congestive cardiomyopathy (heart failure), as well as many other severe conditions such as fatigue, muscle pain, cognitive problems, and more. I’ve listed a few of the most recent studies below.
Before we begin, just so we’re all on the same page: people with a healthy or normal cholesterol level have a reduced, but still present risk for heart disease.
Statins Did Not Save Steve Jobs’ Life
Contrary to popular belief, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs did not die from pancreatic cancer. He died from congestive cardiomyopathy, in part due to his use of statin drugs. This is a well-known fact among cardiologists, and the cause of his death was clinically documented in his autopsy report. More on this below…
Why then are statins prescribed so freely? Because they’re very profitable and hence worth promoting, even though the side-effects include diabetes in susceptible individuals.
Statin Drugs Reduce CoQ10 Levels by 50% or More
According to research published in Scientific World Journal (2013), patients taking simvastatin had a 49 percent decrease in coenzyme Q10 levels. Another study from Clinical Interventions in Aging (2013) found that patients who took atorvastatin for three months had a 24 percent drop in their “good” cholesterol and a dramatic 60 percent drop of their plasma CoQ10 levels! So, what does this all mean exactly? It means that statin drugs can become extremely toxic to your heart because of the CoQ10 deficiency. The body produces CoQ10 for a reason: to provide energy and protect cells from oxidative damage. It’s like an antioxidant and cellular energizer. Without it, your heart may be unable to pump blood correctly, causing congestive heart failure (CHF).
And congestive cardiomyopathy is what killed Steve Jobs at age 56 in October 2011 — not cancer. Research shows that patients with CHF have a 50 times higher risk of dying from cancer than other people!
It gets worse. A study published in BioMed Central (May 2013) found that elevated levels of LDL cholesterol actually help protect against cancer. It is an antioxidant, and helps to prevent oxidative damage caused by free radicals. In fact, one study found that people with high LDL levels have a 50% lower risk at developing cancer.
Now do you understand why statin drugs are so dangerous? They destroy your ability to fight the very disease statins were marketed as fighting: heart disease!
Folks, what I’ve just explained here may be the reason why more than 70 percent of patients end up either gaining weight or staying from other serious side effects (like diabetes) when they take statin drugs. And did you know there is no warning label on any drug package saying these toxic side effects might happen to you?
Are You at Risk for Diabetes from Statin Use?
According to a study published in The Journal of Diabetic Complications (April 2012), patients taking statins are 65 percent more likely to develop type II diabetes! In fact, diabetics have been shown to become hypoglycemic — which means low blood sugar — when they take statins. So, the combination of both high cholesterol and diabetes is a recipe for disease that will most certainly kill you! And about 70 percent of people who take statins have some form of chronic pain or muscle aches related to their drug use. I mean, wouldn’t it make sense for doctors to also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil) at the same time?
Doctors rarely discuss side effects with people who use statins, but they should, because there is no safe level of cholesterol. Even if you’ve been told your “total” cholesterol measures are “low,” this may not necessarily be good for you. The so-called “bad” cholesterol (LDL) can sweep away oxidized LDL from inside your arteries and transport them to your liver for elimination, thereby preventing oxidative damage within your body. When doctors artificially lower LDL levels in their patients by prescribing cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins, it lowers the body’s ability to dissolve oxidized LDL and get rid of it naturally! And that overloads the liver!
The Liver and Statin Drugs: This is Where the Problem Begins!
According to a study published in The American Journal of Cardiology (August 2013), people who took statins that were cleared by their body experienced major health problems, especially when it came to liver toxicity. Over 40 percent suffered from muscle and joint pain while 27 percent had elevated ALT levels (indicating possible liver damage or scarring). How does this get worse? Statistics show that you are 1.4 times more likely to develop diabetes if you have high liver transaminase enzymes (ALT). This means patients taking statins can end up with both high cholesterol and diabetes — and suffer all the side effects compounded together. And there is another dangerous scenario to be considered here too: statin drugs may actually promote the development of diabetes by increasing your blood sugar and liver enzymes, which includes ALT. And when you increase your risk of developing diabetes, of course you also increase your risk for cancer.
The Statin Drug Scam
Right now, there are 23 different statin drugs on the market to lower cholesterol, including Crestor and Lipitor. I mean that’s got to be a good thing, right? Lowering cholesterol is going to make people less likely to develop heart disease, isn’t it? But wait, what if cholesterol lowers tumor growth rates in patients with colon cancer? Yes, this has been shown time after time after time! Cholesterol is actually a precursor molecule for vitamin D, which prevents cancer. And it’s virtually impossible to get enough vitamin D from the food you eat alone.
People who use statin drugs are ingesting synthetic and mutated forms of cholesterol in a desperate attempt by doctors to lower “high” levels that prevent heart disease. But they fail to make the connection between gene mutations caused by pollution, stress, medications (including statins), poor diet and lifestyle, and the development of chronic diseases like diabetes or heart failure. I mean come on guys: did we think lowering our good natural cholesterol was going to improve upon our health? Or does this sound more like something out of a chemical company’s sales pitch? How has our obsession with cholesterol turned into a national epidemic?
It’s time we fight back against an industry that’s intentionally poisoning us with misinformation and false hope. We are under attack from within, but so far, the medical community has failed to realize it. They’re focused on toxic levels of cholesterol in our blood instead of harmful levels in our food supply. And now they’ve got us taking synthetic and mutated forms of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Is someone trying to tell us something here?!? There is a very good reason why doctors don’t discuss all these possible side effects with their patients: because they themselves may be just as clueless about statins or cholesterol-lowering drugs as we are!
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