Statin Drugs & You

Aug9_TuesdayBloodpressure.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE today is a study which has pinpointed why statin drugs can cause muscle toxicity in some patients.

IN MAKING CHANGES today are strategies you can use to reduce your drug use and determine if your cholesterol level really needs to be treated.

IN FACT OR FICTION you’ll be asked - how do you define your health?

In The News

Research today has demonstrated that statin drugs have a higher risk of side effects in some individuals.  The research found that statins interact with a protein that releases ATP, which is part of a signaling process for inflammation in the body.

According to the lead researcher, Dr. Andrew Marsh, quoted in Science Daily,  "Many people know ATP as the cell's main energy transfer molecule, but when released outside cells, ATP coordinates how tissues including our liver and muscles deal with recovery from injury. These results may give us better understanding of how some of the harmful effects of statins in some patients, such as muscle toxicity, might come about."


Daily Health Tip

Unfortunately, muscle toxicity is not the only side effect from statin drugs, and the drugs are not nearly as necessary for treatment as publicized. High cholesterol levels are not as simplistic as determining your overall cholesterol nor HDL or LDL levels. In fact, there are several different types of LDL cholesterol, normally referred to as the bad cholesterol. One of these types is even healthier than elevated HDL.

Making Changes

It’s important that you don’t try to run your life by taking a pill for this and a pill for that. Your body was designed to heal itself and function optimally will good nutrition and adequate amounts of exercise. Here are several choices you can make each day to help keep your cholesterol within normal limits.

1. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Exercise helps to reduce your cholesterol, burn through extra calories and improve your heart health.

2. Eat a diet low in carbohydrates. Carbs metabolize into sugar in the body. When you have too much (over 100 grams per day) your body will store the carbs as glycogen and as cholesterol. Carbs increase the inflammatory response in the body that triggers heart attacks and stroke.

3. Drink enough water to stay hydrated.

4. Eat healthy fats found in coconut oils, avocado, grass-fed, organic, non-gmo butter and grass-fed, organically raised meats.

5. Eliminate your intake of trans fatty acids and limit your polyunsaturated fats.

6. Eat food high in fiber found in vegetables or take an organic psyllium husk supplement.


My Daily Affirmation

My portfolio is filled with wise choices that continue to grow and prosper.

My investment decisions are based on accurate information and research. I use the right data to determine if a possible investment might work well for me. I maintain a smart mix of different investments for diversity.

Fact Or Fiction?

How do you define your health? Is it weight? fitness? blood levels? What do you think?


Today, health is often defined by the absence of disease. However, healthy aging is a process that allows people to continue doing what is important to them and is achievable by every older person. The decisions you make each day in the amount of sleep you get, the food you eat, the exercise you participate in and the lifestyle choices you make have an impact on the health you experience.


Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team

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