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Paleo diet versus statin/niacin

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 08, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I've read all about the side effects of statins, and I think that going off 5gm Crestor is right for me BUT I also take 2g Niacin to get the HDL up (nothing else would). I am in the risk category but I am thinking that the statin, plus a vegetarian lifestyle up until last month (now Paleo), caused my problems - bypass surgery in 2006, and a stroke in 2009. Cardiologists, neurologists, everyone had no explanation for either event - I'm a fit, BMI 29, 50 year old.

I've had to become my own expert and now explain what happened to me by: (a) the vegetarian diet which was supposed to prevent these events - very high complex carb content (b) lots of carbs causing excessive insulin (though not diabetic) (c) carbs causing inflammation (but acceptable CRP)

I was on both the statin and the Niacin when I had the stroke. So clearly this isn't working. I'd like to avoid dying if I can. It seems that everything I ever learned about diet is wrong, and medicine has no clear answer for me.

Any help/advice?

Thanks, Doug

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on March 08, 2012
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I've never heard of a case where withdrawing from statins causes heart attacks. References? And prefer evidence based medicine versus naturopathy (where everything is anecdotal)

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on March 08, 2012
at 06:35 PM

Statins rob you of CoQ10. CoQ10 is vital to your cell function and heart. What is you LDL and HDL?

Avoid all vegetable oils.

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:38 PM

My numbers look very similar to your Jun 06 to Aug 04 numbers. Do you recall making any changes after that to get your HDL up and LDL/Tgs down?

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on March 15, 2012
at 03:09 PM

The statins are not very helpful to the body.I think you should consider other drugs.You can also consult with your doctor.

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on March 08, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Here's the problem - I changed over to vegetarian in 1995 because my dad had multiple heart attacks. I wanted to avoid that fate. I've only recorded my blood lipids since 1997, so I do not know what they'd be without the diet. Have a look: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiNNHa5ozyzjcEQ5RHZSSEZhSXZPQ0ZRLTBQaVBoVGc

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on March 08, 2012
at 06:28 PM

Niacin (Non-flush non-synthetic supplements) are wonderful for the body. Kill the statins. However, the point of statins are to get you hooked, resulting in a heart attack if you try to wean yourself off of it. I might recommend a natropath to help. Up the fat, tubers if needed. You need meat. I was a vegan and it almost killed me. Like to see a dayplan of a typical diet.

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on March 08, 2012
at 10:07 PM

I've never heard of a case where withdrawing from statins causes heart attacks. References? And prefer evidence based medicine versus naturopathy (where everything is anecdotal)

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