Volume 6, Issue 8 February 21, 2013
Are these heart drugs making you fat?
If you're over the age of 65 and you've noticed you're putting on a little weight, it could be one of the drugs you're taking.

The drugs are statins. You probably already know how much I dislike statin drugs. I have written about this many times in the past. I am not against drugs in general. But these drugs fall into the category of drugs that have nothing to offer and are dangerous at the same time. So why am I not surprised that a new study shows yet another negative effect of statin drugs?

Statins change your metabolism in a way that leads to a reduced lifespan and an increase in every disease associated with aging. There are still way too many docs out there pushing these drugs. So I hope they will read this article and realize what they are unknowingly doing to their patients.

This latest study on the nasty effects of statin drugs comes out of the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the University at Buffalo in New York. The researchers looked at 14 men and women between the ages of 65-77. All of them were taking statin drugs. They then performed the equivalence of a portion of Bio-Energy Testing on them. This is done by analyzing how efficiently they are able to produce energy from oxygen. I do the test on every patient I see.

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You have heard me discuss Bio-Energy Testing many times before.  I have written two books about it. It's a form of testing that can determine your metabolism. And part of that determination is to measure how well your body is burning fat. The better your body burns fat, the slower your body will age, and the lower your risk is for developing all of the diseases of aging. This list includes cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. So this is a critically important part of our metabolism, and one that commonly decreases as we age. Anything that further suppresses it is not something that you want.

So what happened to the folks taking the statins? The researchers compared their fat metabolism to a similar group of people not on statin drugs. The results showed that in every case the statin drugs were significantly depressing fat metabolism. Their bodies were producing more free fatty acids to burn as they exercised. But due to the fat-suppressive effects of the statins, their cells were less able to burn the fats.

The authors noted that both groups had similar diets and exercise habits. The fat suppression had to be from the statins and nothing else. If you have been put on a stain drug and have no history of a heart attack, do yourself a big favor and stop it now. This study shows that you will live longer and better. Instead of taking a drug, work with a doctor who will help you improve your fat metabolism through diet, supplements, hormone replacement, and exercise.

And if you're worried about cholesterol, then use natural supplements, such as Advanced Cholesterol Formula to bring your levels down.

Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD

REF: Limprasertkul A, Fisher NM, et al. “Statin therapy depresses fat metabolism in older individuals.” Am Coll Nutr. 2012 Feb;31(1):32-8.

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