Statins- What your doctor doesn’t tell you

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned that statin
drugs may be linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.  Considering that
one in four Americans over age 45 consumes a statin drug on a daily
basis, one should consider trying natural alternatives to lower cholesterol.

Studies found that people treated with statins (HMG COA-reductase inhibitors)
may develop high blood sugar and have an increased risk of developing Type 2
Diabetes.  The findings suggest that healthcare providers and patients should
monitor the sugar levels of patients on statin therapy and should carefully evaluate
whether benefits of these drugs outweigh the potential risks.

Herbs and supplements can be useful in helping to lower cholesterol without
the toxic side effects of  cholesterol medications.   Proper use of integrative
therapies can be both safe and effective and help to avoid adverse reactions
to statin drugs.    Some of the other reported side effect of statins are pain,
including headaches, joint pain, muscle pain, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue,
dizziness, swelling, blood pressure changes, ringing in the ears, depression,
sleep problems, sexual problems, dry skin, rashes, nausea, changes in
temperature regulation, increased irritability, changes in weight and cognitive

There are a number of alternative ways to manage cholesterol.  I have
listed several that are reported to be effective for you to discuss with your
alternative health care provider.  You can also find many cholesterol lowering
formulas.   Look for one that contains at least some of these supplements.
Click on the highlighted supplement to read studies linked to the supplement use.

    • Reishi  (also known as Ganoderma Lucidum)is a medicinal mushroom
      that is reported too reduce cholesterol  It should be taken with Vitamin C
      for maximum benefits.  Suggested dose  is 600- 800 mg 2 to 3 times daily.


    • Beta-sitosterol  is one of the most studied and proven to be most
      effective supplements to lower total and LDL cholesterol.
      suggested dose is 300-600 mg daily.


    • Cinnamon – A study published in the December 2003 issue of Diabetes
      Care Journal of the American Diabetes Association found that people with
      high cholesterol who took 1-6 mg of cinnamon powder for 40 day lowered
      their total cholesterol level 26 percent.  Cinnamon can affect blood
      glucose levels so it is recommended that you consult with your
      natural health care practitioner before using.


    • Beta Glucan according to an article published in “Comprehensive
      Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety”  in July of 2012,  eating
      foods containing beta glucan may lower your risk of heart disease
      by lowering your LDL (bad cholesterol) and raising your HDL
      (good cholesterol) and by lowering your blood pressure.


    • Probiotics -   Research indicates that probiotics convert cholesterol
      into a less absorbable form and send it into the gut for elimination.
      Suggested dosage is 2 probiotic capsules daily between meals.


    • Chromium Picolinate is essential in the metabolism and
      distribution of fats and lipids in the body and is therefor helpful
      in maintaining normal cholesterol.


    • Krill Oil  according to studies, Krill oil is significantly
      effective than fish oil in reducing cholesterol.

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