When I consult with potential Wellness Members I very often see they are Diabetic – or Pre-Diabetic and also taking Statins.
What typically happens is this;
Statin users go to their physician for a routine visit and after the blood work is drawn, they find their cholesterol ratios may “be improved”, but now they have high blood glucose.
It’s very common for physicians to mistakenly diagnose their patients with “Type 2 Diabetes” when, in fact, they just have hyperglycemia – a SIDE EFFECT from the medication that was prescribed to them months earlier. It may be entirely reversible with drug discontinuation. This is a serious conversation you must have with your physician.
The crazy thing is: CHOLESTEROL IS GOOD FOR YOU. It’s one of your body’s most powerful antioxidants, it makes important neurotransmitters and sex hormones and raised blood sugar is a SIDE EFFECT of Statin use…
The use of statin drugs appears to INCREASE your insulin levels. Insulin is a pancreatic hormone that reduces blood sugar. You want some insulin to maintain blood glucose levels, but too much of it is an inflammatory compound in your body.
Elevated insulin levels lead to heart disease – and isn’t that the reason cholesterol drugs are prescribed in the first place? I would highly recommend you read “Diabetes Without Drugs” by Suzy Cohen, R.Ph.
You want to keep insulin normal, to protect yourself from heart disease and high blood pressure. Chronically elevated insulin causes a cascade of inflammatory chemicals and high cortisol which lead to belly fat, high blood pressure, heart attacks, chronic fatigue, thyroid disruption, plus major diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Statins also decimate two very important nutrients. The first nutrient is vitamin D. This happens because statins reduce cholesterol, and you need cholesterol to MAKE vitamin D! It is well documented that D improves insulin resistance, so when you take statins, you increase your risk for diabetes.
Statins also suppress your natural coenzyme Q10 which makes energy for EVERY CELL IN YOUR BODY. CoQ10 is produced mainly in your liver. CoQ10 deficiencies can also raise your risk for heart failure, high blood pressure, and heart disease. CoQ10 protects your body from oxidative stress, a strong contributing factor in the development of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and heart attacks.
How can you optimize your cholesterol levels naturally? Well, the fact is that over 75% of your cholesterol is produced by your liver, which is influenced by your insulin levels. Therefore, if you optimize your insulin level you will automatically optimize your cholesterol. This can all be accomplished by modifying your diet and lifestyle – which benefits your overall health!
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