Last year, University of Glasgow researchers examined the results of 13 large statin trials that included more than 91,000 subjects. Results showed that for every 255 patients treated with statins for four years, one would develop type 2 diabetes, apparently as a consequence of statin use.
About 20 million people take statins in the U.S. So, one case of type 2 diabetes for every 255 patients comes to well over 78,000 people who will develop or already have developed diabetes as a statin side effect. (And you can forget about the “four years” business because statin users are users-for-life.)
For high cholesterol, I advocate therapeutic lifestyle changes – diet, nutrition & exercise. This is my first line of therapy for clients with high cholesterol and/or Type 2 Diabetes. First, lets see if we can control it with medical foods such as UltraMeal by Metagenics along with diet and exercise. I see statins being prescribed with resultant cases of muscle damage, kidney damage, liver damage, and cognition damage. We should put a stop to statin overuse, and prescribe the drug when appropriate and for the right reasons.
I was teaching a rehab course this past weekend and all but two or three doctors out of a group of sixty did not know the many health benefits of taking Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). They did not know that if a patient is on a statin medication, they are at risk of being deficient and having lowered CoQ10. CoQ10 is responsible for neurological health, increased energy, improved metabolism, weight loss, cell protection, and better cardiovascular health.1-4
Heart health … according to the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, a number of clinical studies have found CoQ10 promotes cardiovascular health.5
Blood sugar … an Australian study showed that patients who took CoQ10 were able to maintain blood sugar levels that are already within the normal range.6
Vision …taking CoQ10 for a year helped one study group see more clearly.7
Cognition … an animal study performed at Johns Hopkins University found that CoQ10 supplementation improves learning and memory.7
Bronchial Health … researchers in Texas found CoQ10 promotes bronchial health.7
Gum health … CoQ10 can improve gum and oral health.7
Clear-headed comfort … in one study, more than 6 out of 10 patients treated with CoQ10 daily reported feeling more clear-headed comfort.7
Oxidative stress … CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant, eliminating the free radicals that can cause damage to cell membranes and mitochondria.3
Skin care … a German study shows that CoQ10 can help reduce wrinkles and protect skin from the damaging effects of too much exposure to sunlight.8
Comments: I recommend NanoCell-Q by Metagenics. It is highly absorbable and comes in a delicious, natural orange flavor liguid.
1″CoQ10 Health Benefits” September 1, 2008. http://tinyurl.com/5qjq6
2Hemmi N. Bhagava and Raj K. Chopra. Plasma coenzyme Q10 response to oral ingestion of coenzyme Q10 formulations. Mitochondrion. Volume 7, Supplement 1, June 2007, Pages S78-S88
3William Fallon. “Has Your CoQ10 Become Obsolete?” January 2007. Life Extensions Magazine.
4Super Ubiquinol CoQ10. September1, 2008. http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Item01226/Super-Ubiquinol-CoQ10-100-mg-60-softgels.html
6Hodgson JM, Watts GF, Playford DA, Burke V, Croft KD. Coenzyme Q10 improves blood pressure and glycaemic control in a controlled trial in subjects with type 2 diabetes. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2002 Nov;56(11):1137-42.