Here is my take on statins....I am a physician, specializing in eyes and not internal medicine, but here goes.
First of all, your numbers are not bad overall. I would prefer you not have a whole lipo like you do, as this is pretty old fashioned anymore and of little value to me. A better test would be to get a VAP cholesterol test, Hba1c, fasting BG, and 100g glucose test if you can make it happen. This allows me to evaluate how your body metabolizes glucose, and this combined with heart testing (of which I am no expert) will tell me how healthy your CV system truly is.
In regards to statins, I have one major problem, or question I have never had answered in the affirmative. Keep in mind that I have asked this as medical licensing CE courses, to very credentialed docs of every kind, and never seen evidence to support it.
Please produce a study, double-blind and peer-reviewed, that shows patients without known cardiovascular disease (most everyone) whereupon cholesterol shows morbidity once metabolic syndrome has been removed from the morbidities side. I have never seen such a study.
What I do know from cardio-thoracic surgeons I know is that in doing heart surgery, the primary outlier of their patients is the amount of inflammation of their coronary vessels. Basement membranes are thick, insides are "rubbed raw", and toxicity of the pericyte barrier is totally compromised. (I.E. The vessels are chronically weakened, with inflammation causing plaque formation)
In simple terms, I believe that it goes like this:
PUFA, prolonged high insulin state (metabolic syndrome) => inflammation of vessels as part of coronary, atherosclerotic cascade => plaque formation, vessel impairment + cholesterol = heart attack
The cholesterol SHOULD be flowing through the body unimpeded like nature intended. It is inflammation, not cholesterol itself, that is dangerous. Blaming the cholesterol for a heart attack is like blaming the water for the Titanic going down. Yes, it went down in the presence of water, but it HIT A DAMN ICEBURG FIRST. I believe that the inflammation caused by the SAD is that iceburg.
Statins do nothing to address the inflammation, targeting only the more measurable scapegoat, and there are many studies showing them to be BAD for you on their own. For that reason, I do not prescribe them ever, and DC my diabetic patients that are taking them.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by TheyCallMeLazarus; 09-11-2013 at 01:09 PM.
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