Statins linked to higher diabetes risk
A few years back there was an interesting article in USA Today on how statins, like Lipitor and Crestor, may be causing an increase in diabetes in older women. High cholesterol combined with diabetes are a classic recipe for a bad heart. Heart disease is the #1 killer in the world and might not be related to cholesterol at all, but something called homocysteine. This amino acid naturally found in the blood may be the reason cholesterol is going up. Cholesterol raises in an effort to repair the damage caused by high homocysteine levels.
Here’s what can you do
So how do you lower this amino acid back to normal and possibly lower your risk of heart disease at the same time? Inexpensive B vitamins, especially folic acid, B6 and B12. Even The American Heart Association has recognized that the trouble of homocysteine imbalance over hyperlipidemia – Read their research here.
If you have high cholesterol, I highly recommend looking at some of the literature on the cholesterol myth – Your body actually needs it! It is one of the most important chemicals in your body, the building-block of all your hormones, and many other things your body needs to run correctly. Also, patients taking these drugs may not be aware that certain dangerous side effects, like rhabdomyoma, can be avoided with a simple OTC supplement called CoQ-10, aka Ubiquinol.
Get the tests!
A cholesterol panel only shows that you have a problem. And in traditional medicine, that’s all the info they need to manage the symptoms. The fix there is simple – Cholesterol medications.
If taking a pill and living with a problem for the rest of your life is not what you want to do, then get some extra tests. A simple in-office wellness screen for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) using blood pressure measurements in all four limbs is a good place to start. Next is checking homocysteine levels in addition to cholesterol particle size tests. Knowing if you have high homocysteine is half the solution; Smaller cholesterol particles cause more unstable plaques in the arteries leading to PAD. Since homocysteine levels may be linked to a newly discovered, highly common genetic mutation, getting a simple genetic test may be your best bet if you cannot get your numbers under control or if high cholesterol runs in your family.
Not the X-Men
The Human Genome Project figured out a lot of things. One was that most of our health problems aren’t linked to our genes, but our lifestyle. The MTHF gene is an exception. This gene can be an issue in 40% of Americans, and may be the underlying cause of many people’s heart and arterial problems. Though there is little we can about this, but knowing whether there is a mutation can help not only your health, and your immediate family’s health too.
One of the things that makes me most happy in my job is when I see people get their numbers under control, and no longer need the prescription drugs they were taking – and would’ve taken for life! Our interventions are not conventional, but they are effective and evidence-based. Whether its cholesterol, blood sugar, thyroid hormone and even an abnormal EKG from a heart attack – we have effective, natural protocols that FIX the underlying issues.
Spread the word!
Many of you reading this have already benefited from the services we provide. All of you know someone that could benefit. Let your friends and loved ones know, there are other alternatives out there. We are always glad to help those that cannot find a qualified doctor that practices natural medicine – If we can’t find them someone close by to where they are, we will help them via our TeleMed services.
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If you have had experience in getting your lab results under control without medications, let us know. Getting the word out can help many more people than you think!
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