August 12, 2010
Fast Food With Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs?

Would you like some fries and statins with the double cheeseburger and Coke?

Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge so that customers can neutralise the heart disease dangers of fatty food, researchers at Imperial College London suggest in a new study published this week.

Statins reduce the amount of unhealthy "LDL" cholesterol in the blood. A wealth of trial data has proven them to be highly effective at lowering a person's heart attack risk.

In a paper published in the Sunday 15 August issue of the American Journal of Cardiology, Dr Darrel Francis and colleagues calculate that the reduction in cardiovascular risk offered by a statin is enough to offset the increase in heart attack risk from eating a cheeseburger and a milkshake.

I'm thinking a Paleo Diet makes more sense than statins. But for people who insist upon eating junk food some statins in the french fries might make sense.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2010 August 12 10:03 PM  Aging Drugs

Doug said at August 13, 2010 10:39 AM:

Or, how about McD's et al add fish oil capsules or (for those of legal age) several nice red wines, by the glass, (resveratrol) to the menu?

AB said at August 14, 2010 1:58 AM:

This is the most insane thing I have heard of.

I sub to Al Sears, MD's newsletter. Yesterday's was on statins. He titled it 'Statin Candy Anyone?'

"For years, doctors have been handing out statin drugs to any patient with high cholesterol. But they’re the most dangerous drugs a doctor can prescribe. They’ve been linked to fatigue, heart problems, and even death.

But here’s what’s different about the side effects of statins: They don’t just pose an outside risk of an unlikely problem. They rob every single person who takes even one pill of energy. And if you take one for long enough, you’re going to feel very tired and very old.

Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pushing this poison to a new group.

I’m talking about children. Some as young as 8 years old!

AAP guidelines have just recommended cholesterol screenings for high-risk children ages two and up. And statin therapy for kids as young as eight with LDLs over 190mg/dl.1

Now, some are calling for even more aggressive screening measures to find kids “in need” of these drugs. All to ensure that pharmaceutical companies will keep making billions for years to come.

Consider this: AAP’s Pediatrics published a new study a couple weeks ago. Researchers screened all fifth graders in West Virginia public schools, including 5,798 who wouldn't have met cholesterol screening guidelines. They found 268 children with cholesterol high enough to be treated with drugs.2

It frightens me to even think about the implications…

Entire generations getting hooked on drugs with dangerous side effects. Ones that include:

Muscle pain
Liver damage
Lowered mental performance
Chronic fatigue
Cardiomyopathy (deterioration of your heart’s function)
Depletion of CoQ10 in the heart (which can cause congestive heart failure)

What’s more, this could open up the floodgates for pharmaceutical companies to promote their use in kids.

Come to think of it, that’s already happening. I just read that Pfizer introduced a sweet and tasty “gummy-like” version of Lipitor. I’m sure it’ll boost sales before their patent runs out next year.

The lesson here is, “Just say NO to statins!” You can’t trust them – or the folks telling you to take them.

If a child came to my office with high cholesterol, I would tell him to exercise in short bursts of high intensity for at least 12 minutes a day, cut carbs, and eat foods that are rich in omega-3s, like salmon, flax seeds, and walnuts.

For most children, this would solve the problem within six weeks. Why? Because children’s bodies heal themselves quickly.

And yours will, too – IF you treat it right.

Here’s what I recommend for driving down LDLs:

Eat fish: They’re loaded with omega-3s. And they’re just as good at reducing the risk of heart-attack deaths as statins. In fact… for some, they can be even better. In a recent study, omega-3s – not statins – cut hospitalizations and death rates of heart patients.3,4
Wild-caught salmon is best. It doesn’t have all the pollutants found in farm-raised fish. Or you can supplement. I recommend anywhere from 700 to 2,000 mg per day.

Take sustained release niacin (vitamin B3): It’s been found to increase HDL cholesterol by 20% to 35%.5 But don’t exceed 500 mg a day.

PACE yourself: Quick, simple, high-intensity exercise – like my 10- to 20-minute PACE workouts – is the most effective way to increase your HDL levels.

Avoid grains and sugars: 99% of the time, this alone can help regulate cholesterol. If you need more help with this, work with a doctor who understands bio-identical hormone therapy."

KTWO said at August 14, 2010 2:12 PM:

I quit a statin about two weeks ago after I had tracked my muscle tone for a couple of months. I was definitely weakening and often felt extremely tired. Judging stamina and mental performance is more subjective. I had been taking Simvastatin for about six months.

My doctor really wanted me on a statin even though the blood tests indicated my cholesterol was borderline, not high. The test numbers hadn't changed much in 20 years. Nor had my slightly low blood pressure. I'll tell him I quit at our next appointment in December. By that time I will know if stopping seemed to improve anything.

The fast-food with a dose of statin on the side would be a legal nightmare, and produce some medical ones too.

Sione said at August 14, 2010 3:36 PM:

There's a old saying about this sort of thing.

"If it isn't illegal it will be made compulsory".

Who'd have thought the Drug War would become so pervasive!


Joseph Hertzlinger said at August 15, 2010 6:04 PM:

How about a serving of diuretics with salty food?

jambyc said at August 17, 2010 10:18 AM:

I think statins are one of the textbook reasons for genetic testing and individualized medicine. I've been taking statins for years and I actually feel, look, and think better. I have better muscle tone at 42 than I had at 24. My total cholesterol is still high, but my HDL/LDL ratio is 0.4. I also take CoQ10 supplements as a prophylactic. I initially had liver enzyme problems, but they've gone away with proper dosing.

I'm a big proponent of statins.

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