Billion-dollar statins could trigger diabetes epidemic
You know the legend of the Trojan War. The Greeks tricked their way through the gates of Troy by pretending to leave a gift — a giant wooden horse secretly filled with soldiers.
The lesson? What you see isn’t always what you get.
And if you’re like millions of Americans, you may have the ultimate Trojan Horse sitting in your medicine cabinet right now. It was heralded as a gift from Big Pharma… a wonder pill that was going to banish heart disease as our nation’s number-one killer.
But now scientists are frantically warning that once this medication is in your body, it may be leaving a trail of diabetes — or even death — in its wake.
According to a new study from Finland, cholesterol-lowering statins increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 50 percent!
And with Americans at greater risk of developing diabetes than ever before, that’s no small potatoes.
Researchers say statins… like those hidden Greek soldiers… can literally unleash war on your body destroying its ability to regulate your blood sugar levels. Statins may increase your insulin resistance and keep your pancreas from making enough of the insulin your body needs.
Of course, once you can’t control your blood sugar you’re on the fast track to a heart attack or stroke — the very things you were trying to prevent by taking statins in the first place.
Even worse? Researchers say the longer you stay on statins, the higher your risk of diabetes. And we all know that the minute some mainstream doc writes you a prescription for Lipitor, Crestor or Zocor, he expects you to stay on the drug for the rest of your life.
Let’s face it — Big Pharma has been spending a fortune trying to convince us that statins are some magic elixir. They’ve tried to push the drugs for everything from prostate cancer to multiple sclerosis. Some deranged yahoos even proposed sprinkling statins on your fast food.
If you’re serious about protecting your heart and keeping your cholesterol in the healthy range, try heart-friendly eating plans like the Mediterranean diet and look for natural cholesterol-lowering remedies such as berberine and niacin.
And remember to be wary of Greeks – and drug companies – bearing gifts.
Statins Linked to Raised Risk of Type 2 Diabetes