Study: Statins Don’t Lower Cholesterol But Increase Cancer and Memory Loss Risk
Statins are also responsible for myositis and rhabdomyolysis, conditions that lead to muscle inflammation and damage, and can also cause kidney damage and subsequent failure.
Other studies have shown that the cholesterol-lowering drugs also cause cancer. A study published in the Journal of Current Oncology found links between statins and breast and prostate cancer in older people, and they were also responsible for tumor growth in patients with bladder cancer. This occurs due to the effect the drugs have on our immune system.
Scientists say that statins increase the body’s production of T-cells but weaken other functions in the body, which eventually results in cancer. These medications became quite popular due to the belief that cholesterol affects the human body negatively and contributes towards clogged arteries, eventually leading to heart disease. However, Dr. Beverly Teter, a lipid biochemist from the University of Maryland, says that this was a mistake made by scientists over 50 years ago. She says that their claim was based on high cholesterol damaging the blood vessels, although the main cause of the problem was inflammation. “It’s the inflammation in the vessels that start the lesion. The body then sends the cholesterol like a scab to cover over it to protect the blood system and the vessel wall from further damage,” Dr. Teter states.
In order to avoid heart disease, she suggests avoiding high-fat foods and eating a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods. These foods contain natural saturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for your cardiovascular system.
Here’s a list of foods rich in anti-inflammatory compounds:
Here’s a list of foods which you should avoid:
Deep fried foods such as fries.
You should avoid eating salty and processed foods, as well as food rich in trans-fats. Besides causing inflammation in the body, these foods increase your cholesterol levels and create ideal conditions for heart disease.