Statins, which we reported may be over-prescribed earlier this week, may not even be an effective treatment for heart disease according to research from 2015 . Researchers analyzed the experimental protocol and data surrounding multiple studies and came to the conclusion that statins may not have a correlation with reducing heart disease at all. As it stands, treatment with them is risky, chancing myopathy (degeneration and inflammation of muscles) , cancer , and directly effecting the cell’s metabolic pathway . The risk/benefit analysis’ abstract, published in The Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, reads:
“We have provided a critical assessment of research on the reduction of cholesterol levels by statin treatment to reduce cardiovascular disease. Our opinion is that although statins are effective at reducing cholesterol levels, they have failed to substantially improve cardiovascular outcomes. We have described the deceptive approach statin advocates have deployed to create the appearance that cholesterol reduction results in an impressive reduction in cardiovascular disease outcomes through their use of a statistical tool called relative risk reduction (RRR), a method which amplifies the trivial beneficial effects of statins. We have also described how the directors of the clinical trials have succeeded in minimizing the significance of the numerous adverse effects of statin treatment.”
In order to effectively treat heart disease, we oftentimes have to look past this paradigm of medicating away our problems. Diet and exercise are proven  to be some of the most effective tools we have in the fight against heart attacks. We have to use better prevention methods than hoping for a panacea.
To this effect, here are a few tips on reducing your cholesterol naturally.
- Exercise! It’s been proven that as little as a minute a day can have large impacts on your health.
- Eat for your heart! An apple a day is comparable to statins, and doesn’t have any of the side effects. Dietary fibre sources like nuts, beans and seeds are also fantastic  to this effect.
- Reduce your stress! Blood pressure seems to have a major correlation with stress , and has a more obvious relationship with heart attacks.
Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
Journal of Clinical Oncology
European Journal of Pharmacology
The New England Journal of Medicine
American Heart Association
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