Prescription Drugs Versus Natural Diets To Lower Cholesterol Levels

These myths can be listed thus:-

  1. Cholesterol is not as bad as many have made it out to be. It is needed by the body to produce hormones such as testesterone and estrogen.
  2. Bad cholesterol in the system does not necessarily lead to heart disease. Other mental and physical factors such as stress, exercise or body weight can be the cause of elevated bad cholesterol in the blood.
  3. High cholesterol is not responsible for arteriosclerosis, the condition when plaque (comprising hardened cholesterol) begins to form and attach itself to the walls of blood vessels.
  4. No particular diet can reduce bad cholesterol as the body produces much more bad cholesterol than any food can deal with.
  5. Heavy consumption of animal fat as a result of meat consumption will not cause arteriosclerosis, so that consuming animal fat will not bring about heart disease.
  6. Cholesterol management drugs do not lead to the increased mortality of persons consuming them and
  7. Cholesterol management drugs do have certain side effects which can be effectively managed with other drugs and one has to find the drugs that are best suited by trial and error.

The cholesterol management drug market is a US$16 Billion market. It is therefore not surprising that some money will be spent promoting these drugs in the best light. There is also a huge market for those drugs that will treat with the side effects. The main side effects that have been documented include cancer risk, general weakness, immune system suppression, and muscle and kidney damage.

It is worth taking a little time to list the range of side effects that statin drugs have on the human body as reported. The first major side effect is the effect that the drug has on the liver. After a while the liver does not function as it should. This does happen in a small fraction of users and the physician has to take specific blood tests on a regular basis to monitor this problem. The next major side effect is called myopathy which is a condition where the muscle tissue is affected. Great pain is experienced and if the drugs are continued there is a condition called rhabdomyolysis which develops that can result in death.

Taking statin drugs with other drugs can also be very dangerous. A combination of statins with antibiotics or anti-fungals have been known to present many problems for the body. Taking grapefruit juice together statins is a definite no-no. This combination actually increases cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.

Statin drugs have also been reported to affect one’s ability to concentrate, to remember and to think. They have also been known to induce depression. Statins have been reported to cause recurring headaches, joint pain, abdominal pain, numbness and tingling in one’s hands and feet.

Other side effects reported include sleep problems, dizziness, a sense of detachment, swelling, shortness of breath, changes in vision, weight change, hunger, breast enlargement, blood sugar changes, dry skin, rashes, blood pressure changes, nausea, upset stomach, bleeding and ring in the ears.

The other aspect of these drugs are that they are quite expensive and not affordable to the common man. Companies claim that they have to reclaim their research and development outlay and that is why prices are so high.

Natural Super-Foods With No Side Effects.

There are a number of natural super-foods that if consumed regularly will lead to lower cholesterol level with absolutely no side effects. These foods in alphabetical order include almonds, apples, artichokes, avocadoes, beans, carrots, chocolates, oats, olive oil, onions, popcorn and fatty fish. There are a number of natural supplements that have been found to be very effective so much so that the drug manufacturers are using them in their next generation of cholesterol management drugs.

As always you must check with your physician before changing your diet program.

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