When you’re told you have high cholesterol, you assume it comes from eating too much fat, right? After all, that’s what we’re all told, and since cholesterol is a lipid of “fat” it seems logical.
Well, you may want to sit down for this. I have news. No matter what you’ve been told, if you think high cholesterol is due to a high-fat diet, you’re wrong.
The truth is very little fat from your food becomes cholesterol.
The REAL cause of cholesterol
What actually causes high cholesterol is eating a lot of sugar and simple carbohydrates such as you’ll find in soda, candy, cake, potato chips, bread and pasta. High cholesterol and triglycerides almost always occur as a consequence of eating too many sweets, not butter or eggs, okay?
So if you’re on a statin you’re now probably wondering where all that sugar goes since your body normally turns excess sugar into cholesterol.
It’s a great question. And lucky for you I have the answer, because knowing that answer can help you get well.
If you tell your liver to “knock it off and stop making cholesterol”—you know, the way statin drugs do—then it’s going to push all the sugar (glucose) back out of your liver and into your bloodstream rather than turn it into cholesterol.
It’s just going to lock the door and tell the sugar, “Get out!”
When your liver shuts out sugars your blood sugar rises
And you know what that means. Excess sugar circulating in your blood will have you doctor handing you a diabetes diagnosis in no time.
Next thing you know you’re driving in the fast lane of the multi-billion dollar diabetes industry, complete with painful shots, heavy-duty drugs and scary potential complications such amputations and blindness.
Yes, taking statins can GIVE you diabetes. Heck, taking a statin drug is practically a recipe for how to become a diabetic.
In fact if we were ever to meet in person and you told me you had diabetes, I wouldn’t even take a breath before I asked, “Are you by chance taking a statin?”
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes please make sure you have the actual disorder and not a man-made disease induced by a medication you “needed” for high cholesterol. Because the treatment plan differs dramatically if you have drug-induced hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) rather than true diabetes.
Statins don’t block the cholesterol in your diet
Statins actually block endogenous production of cholesterol, meaning your internal production, or the cholesterol that you make, NOT eat. Far too many people still believe statins block the fat (cholesterol) you get when you eat a bacon cheeseburger. But that’s simply not true.
Statins don’t reduce cholesterol from exogenous (external) sources, that bacon cheeseburger is going straight to your arteries even if you take a statin. So is the cherry croissant you eat for desert. The statins offset the cholesterol you make, not eat.
You can’t negate a greasy snack filled with bad fats with one tiny pill.
Taking statins can give you diabetes
Because statins block your own endogenous cholesterol production in the liver, they force your liver to ‘spit out’ the glucose that comes from eating sugary, starchy foods. Normally, your liver would turn that PB & J sandwich into cholesterol, but instead the glucose gets pushed back into your bloodstream.
In your relentless quest to lower cholesterol–as your doctor demands–you may be unwittingly giving yourself diabetes. I recommend reducing cholesterol with diet and exercise and healthy EFAs (essential fatty acids like you’ll find in fish oil, chia seed oil, etc).
Can you lower cholesterol without a statin?
“Surprise, surprise, surprise” like Gomer Pyle used to say… of course you can! And avoiding statins is way better for your blood sugar levels.
In addition to writing a syndicated column on health which reaches 20 million people each week, Suzy is the author of a number of books on natural health.
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