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Older Women Taking Statins Face Higher Risk of Diabetes

A new study of Australian women over age 75 showed that they faced a 33 percent higher risk of diabetes if they were taking statins, according to Science Daily. The risk increased to 51 percent if the women were on high-dose statins.

It’s only been a year since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) suggested that certain people between the ages of 40 and 75 should start taking statin cholesterol-lowering drugs as a form of preventive medicine. Note I said preventive, not treatment, meaning they are turning something you don’t have into a “treatable” condition — which it will be if you suffer any of the known side effects from these drugs, including diabetes.

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are already among the most widely prescribed drugs on the market, with 1 in 4 Americans over 45 taking them. And, despite lack of research in this population about whether any potential benefits of statin therapy outweigh the risk of side effects, use among people aged 80 and over with no history of heart problems quadrupled between 1999 and 2012.

The truth is you can improve your cholesterol levels naturally, without drugs. The fact is 75 percent of your cholesterol is produced by your liver, which is influenced by your insulin levels, so if you optimize your insulin levels you will also optimize your cholesterol levels. You can do this by modifying your diet and lifestyle choices and eating heart-healthy foods including good fats and fermented foods, and by eliminating sugar and getting plenty of sleep.
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