The number is staggering. And to be honest, I don’t think anyone outside of the company was expecting it.
Lipitor… the king of the statin drugs… STILL rakes in a whopping $2 billion a year.
You’d expect that from a top-tier drug at the peak of its game.
But Lipitor went generic nearly a decade ago. Patients can get the cheap, non-branded version for pennies.
Yet many are still forking over the bigger bucks. Because even with insurance, a brand-name drug often has a much higher co-pay. And people are clearly willing to shell out the extra dough.
Why I’ll never know. Because for my money, the best option between name-brand Lipitor and the generic is…
NONE OF THE ABOVE.
This drug might earn top dollar. But the entire statin class is one of the biggest mistakes to ever happen in modern medicine.
Statins could send blood sugar soaring
I can’t save you $2 billion. But I CAN give you about two billion reasons to not get caught up taking this drug. Or any other cholesterol med, for that matter.
You can start with the old unintended consequences.
Your liver uses sugar to produce LDL cholesterol. But when statins cause your liver to produce less LDL, it also needs less sugar.
And I’ll give you one guess where that unneeded sugar ends up.
Yep, you’ve got it. Right back into the bloodstream.
At the same time, the drugs can rob your body of vitamin D and CoQ10. Both are critical nutrients that help us maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Put it all together, and you can see why a 2009 study linked an increase in fasting glucose levels to statin use. And multiple studies have linked cholesterol drugs to an increased risk for diabetes.
One study found long-term use of statins increased diabetes risk by 46 percent. And another concluded that taking the highest doses increased the risk by up to 51 percent.
And diabetes isn’t the only unintended consequence you need to worry about while on these drugs. Research has tied statins to bone fractures and skin infections too.
The truth about cholesterol drugs
And for all that potential risk, the drugs don’t even touch on the REAL problem.
It’s not cholesterol by itself that’s the issue.
It’s cholesterol oxidation that’s truly dangerous. That’s when smaller LDL particles react with free radicals, causing inflammation and tissue damage in the linings of your arteries.
The result is an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
So don’t just blindly cut your LDL.
Look instead for natural therapies that can help attack the oxidation – starting with curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric. Curcumin can help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, preventing oxidation and suppressing the buildup of plaque in your arteries.
In one study, LDL levels plummeted 33 percent in folks taking 500 mg of curcumin for a week. Their total cholesterol dropped almost 12 points, and their HDL (“good”) cholesterol climbed an impressive 29 percent.
And in another study, 45 mg a day cut both LDL and total cholesterol levels in patients with acute coronary syndrome.
A few other supplements to consider for healthy cholesterol control include plant sterols, red yeast rice, garlic extract, Indian Gooseberry, omega 3s, apple extracts, and astaxanthin.