The Arnold Schwarzenegger of heart drugs

  • Uh-oh, they’re back
  • The Arnold Schwarzenegger of heart disease prevention
  • So should we all be taking these drugs or not?

They’re the Arnold Schwarzenegger of health news…

Statins.

Yes, they’re back.

Just when you though the Terminator had been defeated, it returns, guns-a-blazing, stronger than ever.

I believe the last time they hit the headlines was in October last year, when a Spanish study in the British Medical Journal claimed that the statins prescribed to millions of British adults might not have any benefit for the over 75s.

Bit of a shocker, that one!

This study completely flew in the face of the previous news blast about statins back in August 2017, when a headline in the Independent declared:

“Statins: Almost every older person should be given potentially life-saving drugs, study finds”.

That study argued that almost all men over 60 and women over 75 should be taking statins. It also recommended that over a third of people between 30 and 84 should be encouraged to take them.

These stories are nothing new, of course. For instance, let’s go back in time to 2014…

That was when the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) ruled that more people should receive statin therapy on the NHS.

They said that absolutely anyone with cardiovascular disease should be given statins. On top of that, they recommended that any patient with more than 10% chance of developing heart diseases later in life should take it too.

Pretty much covering EVERYONE with any kind of heart trouble.

That would all be fine, I reckon, if statins were completely harmless and weren’t linked to diabetes, impotence, cataracts, muscle pains, mental fogginess, fatigue and liver dysfunction

And it would also be fine, I guess, if people like cholesterol expert Dr Malcolm Kendrick didn’t claim that trials into statins were being sponsored by biased drug companies.

Even the deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, Dr Kailash Chand, has claimed that mass prescription to patients with 20% risk or more was “a commercialisation device” and not in their best interests.

As you know, I’m an advocate of trying natural products which can do a similar job to statins like this one: Natural Statin derived from fruit

It grows in a soil and climate that produces a high concentration of polyphenols and flavonoids, plus special compounds that block one of the key enzymes in the production of cholesterol.

Worth looking into before you swallow all the latest big pharma-inspired stain PR.

Which brings me to the latest….

Why satins are back in the news?

On 1st February, articles published across the UK media once again declared that, according to a review of all the research, more people over the age of 75 should be taking statins… and that statins cut the risk of major cardiovascular disease in all ages.

The BBC online article admitted that “reported side effects and the extent of how often they are prescribed has attracted controversy.” Although the tone of that line is almost as if it’s fringe maniacs who are sceptical and not actual qualified doctors and scientist.

But let’s look a little deeper into this…

The problem with this latest statins story – and all the others for that matter – is that the link between blood cholesterol levels and the incidence of cardiovascular problems is being over simplified.

Cholesterol is a vital component in every cell wall in the body and it is used as the principle energy resource for our neurological systems (including the brain).

As we get older we need higher levels of cholesterol to allow damaged cells to repair themselves.

This means that reducing levels in the elderly is not only counter-productive but also potentially dangerous.

The study says the following:

“From the data available, it is reasonable to conclude that after the age of 65, increased blood lipids, although still a risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD), become less pronounced as risk factors and that by 75 years of age their predictive value has disappeared.”

It also says this…

“In the very elderly, there is evidence to suggest that high total cholesterol is associated with longevity.”

Not so black and white now is it?

And let me take you even further back in time…

Why statins are bad for healthier hearts

Back in 2011 an article on CBS said that “Statins can be a godsend to people with heart disease, but for those with healthy tickers, the risks posed by the cholesterol-lowering drugs may outweigh the benefits.”

Researcher Fiona Taylor, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said “It is not as simple as just extrapolating the effects from studies in people who have a history of heart disease….”

She also added: “the decision to prescribe statins in this group should not be taken lightly.”

That’s quite a cautionary tone for a drug that’s supposed to be so “safe” according to most of the research you see quoted.

Meanwhile that year, separate research at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School concluded that statins should not be given to individuals with a previous brain haemorrhage stroke as it boosted the risk of having another one.

You don’t see these scientific counter-arguments mentioned so often, do you?

Hmmmm… I wonder why…

Perhaps it’s related to the many zillions of dollars being pumped into this mega-selling drug by Big Pharma.

But what do I know? Maybe the giant corporations are acting in our best interests and not for the sake of profit and growth. (Sarcasm alert!)

All I can suggest is that if you are lower risk for heart disease perhaps you consider a natural approach and try something like BergaMet, a safe way to control blood pressure and sugar levels. Click here for more details.

Yours as always,

Ray Collins