Stamford CT, -Statins and Peripheral Neuropathy Don’t Mix

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( — August 20, 2020) DARIEN, CT — Statins are so good for you they belong in the water supply! Who would ever say such a thing? Probably a lobbyist for Big Pharma, you know those magnanimous people you provide an annuity for with your health. They count on you needing their pills by the handful to keep their profits rolling in. When one or two pills are not enough they magically provide a self-sponsored study showing you really need to stack another pill onto the same one you are already taking to be even more healthy. Then all you have to do is eat Honey Nut Oat Cheerios to keep your cholesterol in check.

What if I told you that your body needs cholesterol to function properly? I know what the commercials say, somehow if you take cholesterol-lowering medication without proper dieting and exercise it is implied that you are healthy. Do you honestly believe that you can have an unhealthy lifestyle and still be healthy? Dream on. Cholesterol is needed to make vitamin D, hormones (including testosterone and estrogen), and fat-dissolving bile acids. In fact, cholesterol production is so important that your liver and intestines make about 80% of the cholesterol you need to stay healthy. Only about 20% comes from the foods you eat.

Although we usually think of cholesterol as some sort of evil being in our body, it is important to your health. Cholesterol, a waxy, fatty substance carried through the bloodstream by two different particles—low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL)—is essential for building cell membranes, producing hormones, and helping your metabolism work efficiently. LDL is considered the “bad” cholesterol because it deposits plaque within the arteries, while HDL, or the “good” cholesterol, transports excess cholesterol out of the arteries and to the liver, where it can be broken down. In other words, a high level of HDLs may reduce the risk of a heart attack, while a high level of LDLs may raise your risk of a heart attack. Diabetic neuropathy and chemo-induced periperhal neuropathy sufferers need a certain amount of cholesterol for a host of reasons.

Shouldn’t the focus be on raising the levels of HDL’s? helps your body make cell membranes, many hormones, and vitamin D. The cholesterol in your blood comes from two sources: the foods you eat and your liver. Cholesterol medicines alter enzymes in your liver, one would conclude thatthis is a good thing. In some cases, it is but if you are overweight, don’t exercise, eat poorly, smoke cigarettes what good is a good cholesterol number?
Here is something I want you to think about when it comes to cholesterol. Your brain requires Myelin. It is an insulating layer or sheath that forms around nerves, including those in the brain and spinal cord. It is made up of protein and fatty substances. This myelin sheath allows electrical impulses to transmit quickly and efficiently along the nerve cells. Your body needs cholesterol to produce myelin. When the myelin sheath is damaged, nerves do not conduct electrical impulses normally. Sometimes the nerve fibers are also damaged. If the sheath is able to repair and regenerate itself, normal nerve function may return. However, if the sheath is severely damaged, the underlying nerve fiber can die. This has serious implications for people with peripheral neuropathy. While we are on topic what does a lack of good cholesterol mean for aging brains that are being wracked with dementia? I doubt Big Pharma will do a study on dementia and the use of statins they would be afraid of losing a cash cow with no end in sight. It’s your health and your decision to take statins, be informed, watch your diet, exercise, stay healthy.


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