Diabetes is more than just a diagnosis. It’s a potential LIFETIME of medical problems and seemingly endless complications.
And if you’re already battling the disease, you don’t need me to tell you what one of the worst one of those is.
It often starts as a tingle or numbness in your fingers and toes. But then it creeps up your arms and legs. And before you know it it’s no longer a tingle.
You’re “on fire” and in some of the worst pain of your life. Doctors call it neuropathy. And new research confirms what may be its TRUE cause.
Because, despite what you’ve been told, it’s not always just diabetes alone.
It’s also your MEDS!
How cholesterol drugs trigger nerve pain
Some 35 million Americans, including many with diabetes, are given statin drugs to cut cholesterol.
But the new study finds that as cholesterol levels plunge, the risk of nerve damage jumps. And this leads to more lesions and screaming pain, with some of the worst damage seen at LDL cholesterol levels of 87.73 mg/dL.
That’s smack in the middle of the “golden zone” that most docs push their patients to reach, especially those with diabetes.
But if you hit that target yourself, the new study reveals you could pay the price!
The new study doesn’t directly link the damage to the statin drugs, only to the low LDL levels. But let’s face reality here. Not many people will have cholesterol levels anywhere near 87 without the help of drugs.
Plus, other studies HAVE made a more direct connection.
They’ve found that diabetes patients on statins have a higher risk of neuropathy, with faster damage to nerve fibers, and worse pain.
Manage LDL WITHOUT the neuropathy risks
With all that smoke, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that there’s a fire. The REAL shocker is that the mainstream acts as if this is a new discovery at all.
I mean the VERY FIRST SENTENCE in the description of cholesterol on the American Academy of Family Physicians’ website reads…
“Cholesterol is a waxy substance your body uses to protect nerves, make cell tissues, and produce certain hormones.”
In other words, it’s a well-known fact that cholesterol PROTECTS nerves. And, frankly, anyone in the medical field who doesn’t know that needs to go back to school.
Diabetes is KNOWN to damage those same nerves. So cutting cholesterol is like ripping off their shields.
Suddenly, the nerves have no defense against the disease. And that leads to the vicious cycle of more damage, more pain, and worsening neuropathy.
Your doc will likely shrug and say, “That’s just what happens with diabetes.”
But now, we know it’s NOT just the disease. It’s those basement-low LDL targets and the drugs taken to reach them.
Don’t stop taking the statins on your own, of course. But DO talk with your doctor about a plan to wean yourself off of them.
In many cases, you may not need any treatment at all as even the mainstream is starting to admit that LDL targets are set too low.
If you do need help, look to natural therapies that can gently reduce cholesterol. And, more importantly, stop the oxidation that damages the LDL particles making them more dangerous.
One of the best supplements for that is astaxanthin. You can pick up a bottle anywhere nutritional products are sold
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