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Statins and Diabetes: Yet Another Strike Against Statins March 12, 2012

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Diabetes, Heart Health / Cardiovascular Disease.
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The FDA is now requiring drug companies to add an additional WARNING to their cholesterol lowering statins (or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors). New studies have shown that statins greatly increase the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes.

Statins Increase HbA1C

Hemoglobin A1C, (HbA1C) is a great test. It allows us to see how blood sugar is effecting our red blood cells (therefore our entire body). High blood sugar forms a “crust” on our red bloods cells. The higher the blood sugar the more crust. The HbA1C test accurately determines how much crusting in going on.

Like most drugs, statins are designed to create the illusion of health by shutting off the liver’s ability to create cholesterol. Since your body works together as a whole and not in separate parts (shh…don’t tell your doctor this), it’s not surprising that statins are causing issues in other parts of the body, in this case: the promotion of insulin resistance and diabetes.

Do We Even Need Statins?

In my clinical experience, the answer to this question is an a resounding NO!

If your doctor is still using the outdated “total cholesterol” test, he/she is missing the boat. It is the environment surrounding the cholesterol that determines if it will stick or not. This is why more than 50% of those hospitalized for heart attack and stroke have NORMAL cholesterol levels.

The best way to truly answer this question is by running a comprehensive cholesterol test with cardiogenomics. This test looks at multiple factors that influence cholesterol’s behavior and looks into the DNA to decide what TYPE of diet one should have.

The results can help doctors and patients decide if statins (pharmaceutical or natural red rice yeast extract) are necessary. In almost all cases they are not, and when they are, use is only needed temporally.

What Else Does Statins Mess Up?

Statins act like a off-switch to your liver. Most of our cholesterol is CREATED in the liver. If you want cholesterol levels to look good on a blood test, all you need to do is…keep the liver from creating cholesterol.

When our body creates anything, in this case cholesterol, it also creates one or more bi-products that our body needs to stay healthy. Since statins turn off the cholesterol creation pathway, it also shuts off the creation of those bi-products. In this case it’s CoQ10 and prenylated proteins.

CoQ10 and Statins

CoQ10 is a vitamin-like substance that keeps every cell clear of damaging energy by-products. Think of turning smoke from a power plant back in to harmless water. That’s the function of CoQ10. Statins deplete CoQ10 levels that lead to cell damage.

You can check your levels with a simple CoQ10 blood test. Based on the results, your doctor can figure the right supplementation dose for you.

Prenylated Proteins and Statins

To put is simply, prenylated proteins are proteins that are “active” and are necessary for a cell to work correctly. Since they are a by-product of cholesterol production, they are also depleted by statins.

The bottom line is if you want to avoid the downward spiral of medications, you must take responsibility of your own health, and not leave it completely to our mainstream health system.

Because I am committed to help you in the education process, I will personally help customers of True Health Labs understand their test results at no charge.

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Dr. Brady Hurst (DC, CCCN)

VAP Cholesterol Test- New Technology in Heart Health February 4, 2009

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Heart Health / Cardiovascular Disease.
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  • Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the NUMBER ONE PREVENTABLE cause of death in the United States.
  • One of the first symptoms of a Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack) is…death.lipid-subsets
  • CVD often takes decades to develop.
  • Most standard lipid tests (total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, VLDL) tell very little about your risk for developing heart disease. Recent studies show that the subsets of HDL, LDL, and VLDL (number, sizes, and types see image) give a much better assessment of your cardiovascular health. This means that a person can have “NORMAL” cholesterol levels and still be at high risk for CVD. The test I use in my office is the VAP cholesterol test. (Vertical Auto Profile).
  • Cholesterol is beneficial. We need it. It helps make up your sex hormones (estrogen, testosterone etc.), absorbs your fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), insulate nerve cells, and the list of benefits continue.
  • Cholesterol is “bad” when it becomes oxidized by free radicals. This happens mainly though inflammation. Common sources of inflammation are:
  1. Chronic infections
  2. Increased phase 1 detoxification in the liver producing free radical intermediates–>phase 2 (if working)–>stool/urine
  3. Food sensitivities
  4. Nutritional insufficiencies (most people in the United States are)
  5. Environmental sensitivities (not necessarily major allergic reactions)- medications, chemicals, molds, pollen, dust etc.
  6. Genetic challenges in methylation– creates destructive molecules such as homocysteine
  7. Dehydration
  8. There are laboratory test available today that expose these problems.
  • Unfortunately, too many of today’s healthcare professionals are trained to “wait” until a health problem has progressed to a certain level before giving it medical attention. At this point your problem is given a name (Myocardial Infarction, Hypertension, etc…). Once “it” has a name, it is given a predetermined treatment, not based on your individual makeup but based on…a book. This is where the field of Functional Medicine shines. My purpose is to identify the those subtle and commonly missed causes of ill health in patients currently suffering and prevent their family members from becoming the next victims.
  • THE ONLY CURE IS PREVENTION! This is why in our clinic we use genomic testing with our families (adults and children). This test checks for changes in segments of DNA. These changed, called Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms or SNP’s, can give us great insight on the LONG TERM risk factors of CVD. The results from this test also help us to develop a life-long dietary plan based on your genetic needs. For cardiovascular health I use the Cardiogenomic Plus test by Genova Diagnostics (Sample Report).
  • Statins (Lescol, Mevacor, Pravachol, Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor, Caduet) can significantly reduce cellular Co-Q10, a potent anti-oxidant, creating more free radicals.

“The superior doctor prevents sickness; the mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; the inferior doctor treats actual sickness.”We need the “inferior doctors” when acute sickness/trauma shows, but handing them a chronic condition such as CVD, you might as well book your bypass.

It is inaccurate to apply acute methods (i.e. medication) to chronic conditions. If it were true that medications that helped promote and restore healthy human physiology no one would be sick- right? Unfortunately, that is not the case, only nutrition based on INDIVIDUAL NEEDS is powerful enough to make and keep us healthy.

Suggested reading: Selling Sickness

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Dr. Brady Hurst
True Health: Functional Medicine and Online Laboratory Service