(NaturalNews) Controlling cholesterol is a very misunderstood issue within medicine today. What most of the population doesn't seem to understand is that cholesterol is an extremely vital component for maintaining health on many different levels.
Today, people are so afraid of their cholesterol numbers that they're willing to take very dangerous statin medications in order to better "control" the situation.
Unfortunately, these types of drugs are far from safe, and they should be looked at in an entirely different light if society, as a whole, is to awaken and become healthy once again.
Study shows the real side effects of statin medications
In a study that was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers set out to see if statin use can be associated with adverse effects.
1. Patients were divided into two groups.
2. Statin users (received a statin for at least 90-days).
3. Non-users (never received a statin throughout the course of the study).
A total of 46,249 individuals were involved with the observation (13,626 statin users and 32,623 non-users). The evidence within this study suggests that health issues relating to musculoskeletal conditions, arthropathies, injuries, and pain, are more common among statin users than among non-users.
Other studies have pointed out that these same types of medications also have the ability to cause conditions relating to issues like memory loss.
• Lipitor, a widely used medication has a cumulative sales record of around $130 billion.
• In 2011, more than 20 million Americans were taking statin medications.
• Statin drugs are theorized to cause cancer in some cases as studies have suggested.
• Statin medications may actually accelerate heart disease, not treat it.
The important role of cholesterol
Cholesterol is responsible for a lot (physically speaking), and this is what most of the population has a very hard time understanding.
First of all, cholesterol is found within every single cell in the human body. It's extremely vital in regard to neurological activity, hormones, and overall cellular maintenance.
When medications enter the picture for patients that are looking to better control their cholesterol numbers, often times, one so-called "problem" can be traded off for many others.
Sure, it should all be watched accordingly, especially if one is leading a conventional existence, but more understanding is needed to further advance the public's knowledge on this entire issue.
In other words, don't take a pill, continue to lead a toxic lifestyle, and expect things to change.
There really is no "good" or "bad" cholesterol
LDL and HDL stand for "low-density lipoprotein" and "high-density lipoprotein." Most people (and doctors) often discuss these terms as if they're dissimilar types of cholesterol, but this is simply not the case.
These lipoproteins are essentially "carriers" for cholesterol in the blood - think of them as vehicles that transport it throughout the body accordingly.
Each type of lipoprotein has a purpose, so a healthy balance is obviously preferred, but medications are not the answer to this problem.
The bottom-line with cholesterol?
We need it, and hindering the body's natural flow of cholesterol is not good.
One has to wonder why heart disease is still on the rise when these medications are being widely taken by the public.
If these pills were the answer, wouldn't they have worked by now?
It seems that the public needs to be more in tune with lifestyle choices rather than with which medication is next on the list to try.
About the author: Joey Cardillo has been heavily involved in the online health community for over three years. When his company Versatile Health LLC (www.versatilehealth.com) was launched in 2010, he began his journey into the online world of health blogging. Since then, he has published #1 best selling books on Amazon, and has been able to help people from all over the world gain better health with simple lifestyle reformations. Joey studied journalism in college and received his BA in Mass Communications in 2010. A year later in 2011, he decided to become a certified FDN (Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist). His FDN training allows him to correct common ailments with his clients by utilizing natural protocols.