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Cholesterol Watch – Statins May Cause Diabetes Says New Study

Sunday, March 11, 2012
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Cholesterol Watch - Statins May Cause DiabetesHold of on gobbling cholesterol-lowering statins – they might lead to an increased incidence of diabetes. Were you depending on your statin therapy to control your cholesterol? Did you ignore recommendations of modifying your diet and lifestyle? Well, we hate to burst that bubble but all good things must come to an end...

Cholesterol is essential for the normal functioning of the body including integrity of cell membranes of all tissues, synthesis of bile acids in the liver, and synthesis of hormones. Cholesterol levels must remain within the normal range. When levels in the blood, especially that of LDL ("bad") cholesterol go beyond normal levels, it leads to complications like coronary heart disease.



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14 March, 2012 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Statins were once thought to be relatively safe and prescribed widely for their cholesterol lowering ability. Now the side effects of Statins wary from just annoying muscle cramps to liver problems and now type 2 Diabetes and cancer.
It makes more sense to reduce cholesterol (LDL & VLDL)in our diet instead of medication and suffering from other kinds of problems. Simple changes like-
# Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole-grains, which are high in fiber, low in fat and naturally cholesterol-free.
# Keeping total fat intake between 25 and 35 percent of your daily calories, with most fats coming from sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils.
# Using naturally occurring, unhydrogenated vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, sunflower or olive oil, often.
# Selecting processed foods made with unhydrogenated oil rather than partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated vegetable oils or saturated fat.
# Selecting foods with "0 g trans fat" on the Nutrition Facts label.
# Reducing consumption of foods like french fries, doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies and cakes that are high in trans fat and saturated fats.
# Regularly exercising and being active the whole day.


14 March, 2012 | Samantha | Reply

Samantha Many Cardiologists are of the opinion that the only people who should be on a statin drug are middle-aged males with coronary artery disease as, for these patients, the benefits outweigh the potential risks—that is -their anti-inflammatory and blood thinning properties and not for its cholesterol lowering ability.
They are totally against statin drugs for cholesterol lowering in younger to middle-aged women as risks far outweigh the benefits.

14 March, 2012 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Statins are one of the most widely prescribed drugs worldwide. While they may play an imprtant role in the treatment of high risk cases, lifestyle modifications can never be emphasised enough as a means of preventing heart disease .Drugs must never be used to replace good lifestyle choices.

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