Cholesterol is, by far, modern medicine’s biggest obsession. And that’s allowed the drug industry to turn it into one of its biggest frauds too.
For DECADES now we’ve had cholesterol meds practically shoved down our throats. We’ve been treated to an endless parade of TV commercials, and magazine ads insisting these drugs are the BEST WAY to lower “dangerous” LDL cholesterol.
And your doctor starting to nag you about your numbers is practically a rite of passage after the age of 50. In fact, if you manage to reach your late 60s without taking one of these meds, it’s a minor miracle.
The trouble is time and again these meds FAIL to live up to expectations. They simply just don’t get the job done. And even worse, they come with a laundry list of side effects. Making them a poor choice for folks who are low risk, to begin with.
Now researchers say they’ve flunked yet another MAJOR review. This means millions of folks may be taking these risky meds and getting little to no benefits.
Cholesterol drugs repeatedly fail to deliver
The new review looked at the BIG picture.
Researchers avoided quickie studies and focused on ones that lasted at least a year involving one of the three major types of cholesterol meds…
- PCSK9 inhibitors
The studies that were reviewed fell into two categories.
In this group, the cholesterol-drug patients met the LDL cholesterol targets they’d been given. In other words, these were the so-called “success stories.” So you’d expect the studies would ALSO show the biggest overall benefit too. But you’d be wrong.
Of the 13 studies in which patients met their goals, just ONE found a reduction in the risk of early death. In other words, 12 out of the 13 failed to extend lives. And in only five of the thirteen… less than half… was there a drop in the risk of heart attacks or other cardiovascular events.
Not exactly a home run. And the ultimate goal of reducing early deaths was a dismal failure.
In this group, the patients taking the meds DIDN’T meet their LDL cholesterol targets. The researchers found 22 trials to fit into this category.
Of those studies, just four found the drugs might cut the risk of early death. And a slim majority of 14 found a reduction in the risk of heart events.
In other words, the drugs, once again, didn’t perform as promised. And worst of all, they had very little impact on reducing cases of early death.
But while the benefits may be slim for these drugs, the risks are very real. And in many cases, they can far outweigh any benefits.
Take statins, for example. They can deplete you of CoQ10, which is essential to a healthy heart. That means you could be endangering your heart with a drug designed to HELP with heart health. Other statin side effects include muscle pain, memory loss, and sex problems. Plus, they’ve been linked to an increase in diabetes risk.
PCSK9 inhibiting drugs are just as problematic. Reported side effects include upper respiratory tract infections, back pain, flu, fatigue, muscle pain, eye issues, memory problems, and more. And a review last year linked PCSK9 inhibitors to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes as well.
Ezetimibe side effects reportedly include memory problems, depression, joint pain, confusion, muscle pain, erection issues, sleep troubles, muscle damage, and more.
The TRUTH about LDL
The reason these drugs don’t live up to expectations is simple. The meds are laser-focused on dropping your LDL cholesterol to basement low levels. But despite what you’ve been told, LDL isn’t always the bad guy.
You see, healthy LDL is “fluffy and light.” It passes harmlessly through your blood vessels. It’s NOT the enemy, and it even has a vital role to play in your health.
It’s the small, dense oxidized LDL particles that are the actual problem. They can stick to vessel walls and harden your arteries.
But cholesterol drugs can’t tell the difference and just target all LDL. In some cases, if a patient is at high risk and suffering from elevated oxidized LDL, the drugs could work. In many others, they simply deliver side effects with little to no benefit.
Targeting harmful oxidation with natural antioxidants can help WITHOUT the dangerous side effects. Astaxanthin, plant sterols, red yeast rice, garlic extract, Indian Gooseberry, and apple extracts have all been used successfully to help manage cholesterol.
Talk with your doc about the best non-drug options for you.