Despite research continuing to pour out that high cholesterol levels are not a reliable indicator of poor cardiovascular health, the over-prescription of statins (drugs that lower cholesterol levels) is still widespread. Last week, a study in Diabetologia found that people taking statins were at 46% increased risk of developing diabetes. This translates into expanding waistlines, increased visceral body-fat (around the organs), and worsening health.
This week, there’s more bad news for statin drugs. Dr Kailash Chand, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, has called for the end of the widespread use of this drug as his research team recently found that patients taking statin drugs were twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s.
Dr. Chand summarized that the growing list of side-effects far outweighs the benefits for low-risk populations through his research, which investigated over 16,000 patients over a 20-year time span.
Cholesterol is incredibly important for the functioning of a healthy brain and nervous system, not to mention regulation of blood sugars. Anyone with a degree in biochemistry would quickly point out the vital role cholesterol plays in forming the cellular membranes of all the cells of your body.
Furthermore, 70 % of the cholesterol in the body is produced internally, which indicates just how important this molecule must be to maintain a healthy and vibrant body. Why else would the body allocate so many resources to produce something that was harmful for our health?
The misguided notion that cholesterol levels should be maintained below a certain standard is based on old science and poor logic. As the wealth of data comes forward regarding the importance of cholesterol for good health, it would be a welcome change to see more doctors expressing their concern over these new and troubling findings.
Remember, all major medical journals tell us that 85% of all diseases are diet, exercise, and lifestyle based. Eat a diet full of lean meats, healthy fats, nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits, and the right amount of carbs to fit your lifestyle, and these will give you the the foundation for good health and a long life!
Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, CSCS