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Exercise is King – Really?

 

Had a word with my doctor recently as there is SO much information out there telling you that this medication, that exercise, or even those holistic medicines are better than anything you already have in your army of items to reduce your, or anyone’s, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. Or even that they are worse.

One of the things I was worrying about, was all the snippets of research reports on how bad – or good – statins are for a person. As there is even more information out there for this medication. Even before I had finished explaining my concerns he had printed off a report from the medical world, which I read when I got home.

Now, I tend to be sceptical about things I read in newspapers or even online, but I did manage to take a couple of things from this report. Which came from a legitimate medical source.

It seems that if you have a high cholesterol level, something such as angina, or if you have suffered some sort of heart incident, stroke or TIA, Statins are recommended as they help reduce the risk of these conditions getting worse, or delay this result. You have a high risk of developing this kind of disease, such as being diabetic. If your score is 10% or more it is possible you could develop such a disease in the next 1 years.

Your doctor should organise a blood test before starting on statin medication, he will probably also check your existing cholesterol levels.

There are some side effects such as, headaches, pins & needles, tummy pain, bloating among a few others. Unfortunately it appears that taking statins can be associated with aa 36% increasing risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Eating grapefruit, or drinking the juice, is not recommended as it can increase the level of statin in the bloodstream, but only with simvastatin atorvastatin or lovastatin.

Unfortunately, at this stage, I have reluctantly concluded that I clearly need to take them but, after talking with my doctor, know that he won’t keep me taking them if I can, with good diet, regular exercise and keeping myself as stress free as possible.

Of course, I didn’t JUST take information from the report. As research is my second love after writing, I just had to get online, see what I could find from other sources. One of them stated that, after the analysis of almost 250,000 people, it was found that simvastatin and pravastatin were found to have fewer side effects. Unfortunately, there is strong evidence that statins can lead to weight gain and a modest increase in the risk of diabetes.

But what they have also found is that the benefits of taking statins, greatly outweighs the risks.

So,  as my continued good health is important to me I, at least, will constantly monitor my progress toward being medication free. But continue to take my statins unless and until it is proven that they are injurious to my continued health.

If you have any questions, or comments, or even, Heaven forbid, criticisms or corrections, I can be reached at hilary@hilaryagreen.com or by email on hilary@hilaryagreen.com. I endeavour to  respond within 2 business days.