Change Diet and Lifestyle First

Dr. Thomas Dayspring is on the Speaker’s Bureau of the pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, Reliant, Abbott, Merck, Schering-Plough, and Sanofi-Aventis, and is a consultant for Abbott and Reliant. He is therefore not adverse to statins and he falls into the camp that thinks side effects are minimal.

But he believes that lifestyle should be the first step to improving heart health and cholesterol numbers.

“Most of the time, changes in your diet and lifestyle can be huge. The biggest problem with telling people to change their diet and lifestyle is that everybody thinks that means going on a low-fat diet. But it is critical to get with a doctor who has up-to-date knowledge regarding what a healthy lifestyle actually means and not necessarily what the American Heart Association says in terms of a low-fat diet.” Dr. Dayspring said.

If we can get people on the right kind of diet, then their risk of heart disease is substantially reduced. And that’s what we’re talking about here—improving the cardio-metabolic risk, not cholesterol. Both the lay public and the medical practitioners have had it ingrained in them that somehow cholesterol is negatively involved in heart health, but nothing could be further from the truth.

“My husband was put on a high-dose statin in 2007 and that is what started me on this journey. I began to educate myself, and he started to implement a lot of the things that I learned. His doctor insisted that he continue taking a statin, but he quit after one year and he’s doing great. He was nervous at first about eating cholesterol-rich foods, like eggs, gizzards, and seafood. He was also nervous about doing his cholesterol test after eating those foods. It turned out that his HDL went up and his LDL went down, all as a direct result of the extra cholesterol he was getting from his food. If you get it from your food, it doesn’t have to end up in the LDL.”   – Stephanie Seneff

Researchers have seen correlations between statin drugs and an increased risk of developing diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and, as Dr. Duane Graveline shared, the depletion of the key nutrient CoQ10.



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