Dr Oz: Cholesterol Statin Drugs
Dr Oz is blowing the lid off a huge cholesterol controversy, talking to Dr Stephen Sinatra and Dr Jonny Bowden about new research that debunks Cholesterol Myths. The pair also weighed in on the dangers of Statin Drugs. and statin drug alternatives.
Dr Oz: Statin Drugs Cancer Risk
Next, the pair took on the statin drugs that are typically prescribed to treat high cholesterol. It’s generally believed that statin drugs are safe and can increase longevity. Statin drugs may help to lower cholesterol, but according to Dr Sinatra, they can have unsafe side effects.
Though he said statin drugs do thin blood, lower cholesterol, and work as anti-inflammatories, they are not actually improving conditions for heart disease patients, because of the idea that cholesterol is unrelated to heart disease.
Instead, Dr Stephen Sinatra said that inflammation is what causes heart disease. He said that due to the dramatic side effects of statin drugs, he rarely prescribes them. He said that statin alternatives are needed, but the drugs do seem to be effective for middle aged men with coronary artery disease.
Dr Oz: Statin Drugs Women Side Effects
As for other populations, such as women and children, Dr Sinatra is gravely concerned about the side effects. The cardiologist said that fewer than 1% of his female patients are taking statins. They are not only ineffective but unsafe for women, in his opinion.
He told Dr Oz that they can be linked to diabetes in postmenopausal women, and even younger women could be at risk. Dr Sinatra said that there is also growing concern about a link between statin drugs and cancer.
Dr Oz: Statin Drugs Children Side Effects
Dr Jonny Bowden said he is worried about prescribing statin drugs to children, because of the effects they could be having on developing brains. The cerebral cortex is not fully developed until age 25, and you actually need cholesterol to help you think and retain memories. He believes that putting children on statin drugs is the beginning of a path that leads to tragedy.
Dr Oz: Statin Drugs Cancer & Diabetes
Dr Oz agreed that information linking Statin Drugs to diabetes is concerning. Dr Sinatra also mentioned that reported side effects have included muscle pain and memory loss, which are also scary.
What’s more, the doctors believe these side effects are likely being underreported because doctors don’t readily associate them with statin drugs.
Dr Oz: Statin Drug Alternatives
What can you do to improve your health without taking statin drugs? According to Dr Bowden, your first option is to reduce inflammation in your diet. You can also absorb valuable Vitamin D from sunlight. Exercise helps with overall health as well. His best advice is that heart health and low cholesterol are not the same thing.