People WITHOUT heart disease encouraged to take statins! Really??

There’s a lot of crap out there in the world today that disguises itself as news.

And, I stepped in some of it while reading my local newspaper.

An article on page 2 in the Daily News said, “Cholesterol Rx for many more.” The news story cited the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) as an organization recommending people who do NOT have heart disease to start taking statins.




The article said, “Even people with no history of heart disease should consider taking statins…”

My gosh! To quote a young internet star who was doped up on medication from the dentist, and unable to tell reality from his current groggy condition said, “Is this real life?”

Thankfully, an outside source was quoted in the article as well.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of Women’s Health at Lenox Hill Hospital wisely chimed in, “If we don’t put emphasis on lifestyle modifications, if we just put emphasis on statins, we’re making a big mistake.”

I like her language, “big mistake.”

I concur, doc.

The vast majority of heart disease is preventable with simple diet and lifestyle modifications.

So, it looks like we have some options here.

We could certainly continue eating donuts, sugar, coffee, not move our body, let stress ruin our lives, and subserviently take the recommended dosage of statin drugs.

But, keep in mind that statins have been linked with muscle weakness, erectile dysfunction, early-onset dementia, depletion of CoQ10, increased risk of stroke, lung disease, diabetes, depression, and liver damage.[1]

Or, we could put down the pastries, kick the soda and sugar habits, stop smoking, manage stress better, and take a daily walk, to reduce the risk factors for heart disease without any nasty side effects.[2]

The only side effect would be better health.

Hmmmmmmm. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Which bit of news would you choose to follow?

I highly suggest that you put on a tall pair of boots, pick up your shovel of discernment, and start digging through all the crap to get to the truth about what you can easily do to support the health of your heart and the rest of your beautiful body.

There are some big piles out there, so watch your step.

[1] https://www.statineffects.com/info/adverse_effects.htm

[2] http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/PreventionTreatmentofHeartAttack/Lifestyle-Changes_UCM_303934_Article.jsp#.WC4ZG3eZNPM