Ladies, I know how it is sometimes.
You don’t want to rock the boat — so when your doc pushes you on statins, you don’t push back.
Sure, you’ve read all about the risks right here in the Daily Dose… and you KNOW the supposed benefits are wild exaggerations… but this is your doctor talking.
And he swears up and down that you need the pills.
But if you keep taking them, YOU’LL be the one swearing — at him — because new research shows how these drugs FAIL women just when they need them the most.
The whole promise of a statin isn’t just lower cholesterol. It’s heart protection.
When you gobble that pill day after day and battle side effects such as crippling muscle pain and frustrating memory loss, you do it because you think it’s going to prevent a heart attack and save your life.
And at no point do you need that protection more than when you have diabetes, which increases your risk of cardiovascular disease by 40 percent.
But if you gobble that drug and put up with its side effects, your risk of cardiovascular disease when you have diabetes will only rise by… drum roll please… 40 percent.
That’s right. It’s the SAME!
Actually it’s 42 percent versus 39 percent, but the researchers say that’s not a significant difference.
OK, so now you’re thinking, “Maybe I’ll get heart disease either way, but at least my statins will prevent a heart attack or stroke, right?”
The study finds no differences at all in the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.
Yes, all those pills — and all those side effects — add up to a whole lot of nothing for older women with diabetes. And believe it or not, the muscle pain and brain fog aren’t even the worst of it.
In fact, the only reason you have diabetes now might be the drugs.
Statins are so notorious for increasing the risk of diabetes that the FDA has issued a warning over it. The New York Times even did the math on that risk and found that some 100,000 Americans taking statins right now will get diabetes BECAUSE of the drugs.
That’s enough people to populate a city the size of Green Bay.
Here’s the real deal on statins, and this applies to men and women alike: You don’t need them.
I can’t think of a single legitimate use for the drugs.
If your cholesterol is on the high side by mainstream standards– between 200 and 300 total — and you’re on a healthy diet of animal fats and minimal carbs, you’ve got nothing to worry about.
Any higher than that, and it’s not a drug you need.
It’s a doc to figure out what’s going on — because sky-high cholesterol is a SYMPTOM, not a disease.
I recommend working closely with an experienced member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.