Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs commonly prescribed by doctors. They are so common, in fact, that a 2017 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association highlighted a recommendation that 26.4million people in the US take them. Add that to the estimated 1 in 3 people over age 40 who are on statins in the UK, and you’ll see how widespread this Western epidemic has become.
STATINS: FRIEND OR FOR?
Statins are being widely prescribed, and possibly overprescribed, to lower cholesterol levels doctors have deemed dangerous. Statins aim to lower cholesterol to help prevent heart attack and stroke. We know that prescribing millions of drugs can turn a major profit. We can also guess that, for the sake of profit, the pharmaceutical industry may downplay the side effects of statins.
University of Queensland researchers discovered that women over the age Of 75 had a 33 per cent higher chance of developing diabetes while taking statins. The risk jumped to 51 per cent at a high dose. A 2015 study published in The American Journal of Physiology — Cell Physiology considered statins to be a double-edged sword. Researchers noted that the drugs could provide some cardiovascular benefits, along with serious side effects like muscle problems, memory loss, and, again, increased diabetes risk.
The memory-related side effects of statins are of particular concern. Another Journal of the American Medical Association study, this one from 2015, showed that users of statins and other cholesterol-lowering drugs were almost four times as likely to experience memory loss compared to those who didn’t take the drugs. The cholesterol that statins lower is critical for the function of our nerve endings and our nervous system. Statin drugs may also limit brain cholesterol manufactured by glial cells, with the potential to result in severe neurological disturbances and mood swings.
COQ1O: A FRIEND YOU CAN TRUST
Statins take their toll on the body in more ways than one. Your body needs the vitamin-like enzyme coenzyme Q1O to function, whereas statins may lower levels of CoQ1O by up to 40 per cent. CoQ1O, like statins, has a great body of research behind it. But, unlike statins, CoQ1O’s proven effect on the body is positive. CoQ1O has such a good reputation that many Western doctors now recommend it.
CoQ1O, most importantly, fuels your heart. When levels of CoQ1O in the body get too low – often from statin use – your heart has an even harder time keeping up.
If you are on statins, your heart needs support from CoQ1O right away. And for those who aren’t taking statins, coenzyme Q1O can still help. Increasing CoQ1O in the body can not only protect the heart, it can also help to maintain energy levels, a healthy weight as well as cell, nerve and muscle function. To support good health and replenish enzyme levels, Ubiquinol is the most effective and highly absorbed form of CoQ1O available. Compared to ordinary CoQ1O, Ubiquinol is eight times better absorbed.
Natural CoQ1O levels in the body start to decline at age 30, regardless of drug use. Taking Ubiquinol early and often can help to prevent health problems caused by this natural decline and restore CoQIO levels that statins have depleted. And, of course, taking CoQ1O is absolutely essential if you are on pharma drugs such as statins.
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