Natural ways to lower cholesterol and avoid statins

Sunday 10 February, 2014 


Achieving lower cholesterol levels should be an ambition of all of us, so we are led to believe, but should we be forced into taking statins to achieve it?

The vast majority of us have bodies that do the things we want them to do albeit with the odd niggle and ache as a sign of protest.

We are used to visiting our doctors and hearing them say that our blood pressure is a little too high, our cholesterol levels closing in on the upper limit of healthy and blood sugar spiking after a good meal or a few beers.

Some may be worried by news such as this and start to take the various drugs and potions that get offered.
But there is so much else that we can do before we begin on that particular slippery slope – the problem is that we
sometimes take what we see as an easy option rather than do the research needed to help ourselves in a safer and often more effective manner.

Today I want to give you the benefit of my thoughts on how we can all maintain a much healthier body with the minimum of hassle.

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Are doctors wrong to give you drugs?

First though, here’s my take on the prescription pad approach so many GP’s favour.

I have no argument with medication being available through the NHS which is safe and proven, or where the risks involved with taking it are massively outweighed by the benefits.

If someone is bipolar and could potentially hurt themselves or others when the condition affects them the option of taking lithium to stabilise their mood offers major support for them, even if they risk thyroid problems as a result.

Likewise an angina sufferer needs to keep a GTN spray handy to ward off attacks, and use it when needed despite the fact that they may suffer from headaches, nausea and fainting as side effects.

In these cases and many more like them the consequences of not taking the medicated approach are just too severe, or the side effects so slight that no one can question the logic in being prescribed them.

My problem comes with many of the drugs given to combat what is rapidly becoming known as the ‘modern health threatening triad’ namely high cholesterol, high blood sugar and raised blood pressure.

Once again if the symptoms being experienced are significant or there are huge risks apparent due to close relatives who suffer or other major health concerns then my worries are not valid – take whatever you can in these circumstances as it’s for the best.

The area that does trouble me is the whole concept of prescription as a precaution – and there is a lot of it going on.


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What is the alternative to the prescription pad?

I guess all of us need to think a little more carefully about the stresses and strains we put our bodies under.

Taking care with what we eat, how we exercise and being able to react to changes is relatively common sense.

Any of you who have taken advantage of the fantastic book offer I have been running this week will know that I have written extensively about these things.

But we can also boost the effect of this approach by using carefully selected supplements depending on what we are seeking to achieve.

Of course this approach involves spending a small amount each month, but often this is less than we would spend on buying over the counter anti-inflammatories and other non prescription drugs.

In some ways it would be easier, and cheaper to take the prescription drugs from the doctor, but I just don’t think the risks are worth it.

For instance, I have made no secret about the fact that I hugely distrust the whole PR story about statins – I consider this class of drug to be some of the most dangerous on the market for general use.

The power of the pharmaceutical industry to dupe patients and GP’s into believing their lies is encapsulated into this drug alone.

Time and time again independent trials identify massive risks associated with these chemicals varying from muscle and joint pain, changes in levels of aggression and a very recent study which found that taking statins actually increased the risk of developing diabetes

Here’s my simple checklist for a healthier outlook with lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels and better cardiovascular health;

1) Take 30 minutes exercise each and every day. I walk the dog – even with the waves crashing over the cliff tops we are to be found out in the open air stretching our legs. But your daily work out might vary between a walk to the shops, an early morning swim or a bit of gardening. Anything that increase the breathing rate and ‘makes the fat run’ as my Nan used to say is a good thing.

2) Eat heartily and healthily. I make one meal every day something to be proud of, loaded with local and fresh produce and cooked/prepared simply with little fuss and faff. Right now I am loving local mackerel grilled and served with thinly sliced celeriac mixed with garlic and lemon juice, it is virtuous and heavenly.

3) Stop worrying about the niggles. I have long accepted that the body I had at 21 ain’t never coming back, so if I do overdo the exercise I expect a few aches and pains for a few days, I’m also prepared to submit myself to the ministrations of my local osteopath who gives me a rub down with a damp edition of the Sporting Life every now and again to keep the blood flowing and my joints moving.

4) I don’t do daily measuring. I accept that there will be fluctuations in my vital signs so taking my BP, blood sugar levels and so on every day is just a waste of time and can only lead me to worry about small and insignificant changes.

5) Use a daily supplement to help. My personal tonic of choice is one derived from the Calabrian Bergamot orange which seems to keep me very much on the straight and narrow, and actually caused my GP to think I was illicitly taking statins at my annual review last month because my cholesterol levels were at their lowest for three years.

 

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Yours, as always


Ray
References;
(1) Bang, C. N., & Okin, P. M. (2014). Statin Treatment, New-Onset Diabetes, and Other Adverse Effects: A Systematic Review. Current cardiology reports, 16(3), 1-5.

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