Do Statin Drugs Cause Diabetes and Heart Disease?
Dr. David Jenkins has proven that using a combination of soy, fiber, almonds, and plant sterols (cholesterol-lowering fats) could lower cholesterol levels as much as statin drugs.
I find it fascinating that patients who lower their cholesterol with statin drugs have been found to have higher levels of insulin and those who lowered their cholesterol through diet had lower insulin levels. High insulin levels cause weight gain around the middle, high blood pressure, increase in inflammation, and promote stickiness of the blood. In turn, each of these conditions contributes to heart attacks and heart disease.
Lowering insulin through diet and lifestyle corrects almost all of the risk factors for heart disease.
We need to look towards other treatments for heart disease. Treatments that have proven MORE effective for reducing the risk of heart disease than statin drugs.
Lifestyle medicine is the treatment we need as it includes nutrition, exercise, and stress management. The main focus is restoring balance in each person. When you do this, risk factors and symptoms go away.
The side effects include weight loss, more energy, and better sleep. Additionally, increased well being, a reduction of most disease, and increased longevity can be experienced.
Nutrition, exercise, and stress management are essential medicine.
You can’t eat a bad diet, avoid exercise and expect to be healthy.
A whole foods, plant based diet and physical activity is the best medicine.
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, MD