Statin drugs, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, are used to lower cholesterol levels with the understanding that by doing this, it lowers a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke. But a new study published in the journal Critical Care Medicine, finds that the lower a patient’s cholesterol, the higher the risk of him dying during the 30 days following a heart attack.
Cholesterol is measured in LDL, or bad, cholesterol; HDL, or good, cholesterol; and triglycerides. LDL is considered “bad” because it contributes to the buildup of plaque, the thick, hard deposits that can clog arteries. HDL is considered the “good” cholesterol because it helps remove LDL from the arteries.
Triglycerides are another type of fat that at high levels contribute to hardening of the arteries. Thus, it has been believed that people should have higher HDL and lower LDL and triglycerides.
However, “those patients with low LDL cholesterol levels coupled with low triglyceride levels had an astounding 990 percent increased risk of dying!” says David Brownstein, a holistic doctor and author of the book “The Statin Disaster.”
Lower LDL levels were linked to a 65 percent increase in death, and lower triglycerides were associated with a 405 percent increased risk of death. But patients with both low LDLs and low triglyceride levels were by far at the greatest risk of dying.
Brownstein explains that fats from triglycerides are a major source of energy, and LDL cholesterol is critical for cell membrane synthesis and is vital for fighting infections.
Much focus in recent years has been on lowering cholesterol levels, and prescriptions for statins have skyrocketed since the drugs were launched decades ago. But more medical experts are speaking out against statins, saying, among other things, that statin side effects may make them dangerous to some people.
Statins have been linked to muscle pain and liver injury. The drug can also increase blood sugar levels. This can dramatically increase a user’s risk for type 2 diabetes, a chronic disease that requires patients to adhere to a strict diet and in many cases take medications.
Dr. Brownstein believes statins should be avoided altogether. “Currently, more than 28 percent of U.S. adults take a statin drug that is supposed to treat high cholesterol levels and prevent a person from getting heart disease,” he told NewsMax. Yet, “statins fail over 96 percent of the people who take them. For the vast majority of people who take them, statins do not prevent nor do they treat heart disease. However, the powers-that-be will go to any lengths to convince everyone that statins are effective for treating and preventing heart disease.
“The odds are well in your favor that statins will not prevent you from having a heart attack, but they may doom you to an early grave if you do have one.”