I've heard and read so much about the use of statins and healthy people with high cholesterol, but I can't seem to find anything about the positive effect statins have on people (especially women) who have already suffered a heart attack. Do statins really help prevent a second heart attack? Can someone direct me to studies that prove the effectiveness of statins on patients who have had a cardio event? What about heart patients who have made a diet change to low-carb/high fat? How long will it take for the blood work of these individuals to normalize? Are there any natural ways (supplements, etc.) to prevent a second cardio event other than statins?
asked byHeartBelly (95)
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on December 20, 2012
at 06:10 PM
"High cholesterol" is a disease that only exists in a doctor's office. It's the only disease that requires you to have a doctor.
Statins cause diabetes and psychological+hormonal issues.
on December 20, 2012
at 05:58 PM
I would personally never take statins no matter what kind of cardiovascular condition I was in because there's no evidence they prevent cardiovascular related deaths and the side effects can be pretty bad, especially for women.
Also, cholesterol itself is not bad. It repairs your arteries and without it you'd die. The problem is that if your body does not have the nutrients to properly maintain the lipoproteins that transport the cholesterol through your body, then they can get stuck in artery walls and eventually cause blockages. Statins simply reduce the amount of cholesterol your liver produces, but doesn't do anything to help prevent the cholesterol from getting stuck in artery, which explains why they don't prevent cardiovascular related deaths.
If I remember correctly, increased saturated fat intake has been strongly associated with larger LDL particle sizes (which is what you want to prevent buildup in the arteries), which makes sense because lipoprotiens are made up partially of lipids and transport lipids in the bloodstream. Just make sure to get it from natural sources like beef or coconut oil, not processed sources like soybean oil. Also avoid things like smoking, and limit intake of carbs to once or twice a day if you're going to eat them at all (i.e. no sipping on soda throughout the day. It does more than just rot your teeth). Fasting can also improve cardiovascular health, in addition to helping you lose weight if you need to.