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'Got statins? Expect weight gain

Taking Zocor packs on the pounds.
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It seems that people who take statins are letting down their guard. Erroneously reasoning that they are protected from the health consequences of eating more fat and calories, statin users delve into more bad foods. According to a recent study published by the American Medical Association, people who take cholesterol-lowering drugs gain more weight and eat more fat and calories.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine states "Researchers analyzed the data of 27,886 adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. For those placed on statins (drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor), calorie intake increased 9.6 percent and fat intake increased 14.4 percent over the course of ten years; those who did not take cholesterol-lowering medications had no significant changes in calorie or fat intake.

"Those on the medications also gained more weight, compared with those not on medications. The authors conclude that patients have adopted a false sense of security, and dietary intake needs greater emphasis."

The correct intervention for high cholesterol is NOT cholesterol-lowering drugs. The correct intervention is to fix your food. A diet that is based on vegetables, beans, fruits, and whole grains will do the job. It will fix the problem. not just cover it up. People who take statins still have heart attacks and need bypass surgery.

Take a closer look. You may find out that your diet is killing you.

Source: Sugiyama T, Tsugawa Y, Tseng C, Kobayashi Y, Shapiro MF. Different time trends of caloric and fat intake between statin users and nonusers among US adults: gluttony in the time of statins? JAMA Intern Med. Published online April 24, 2014.

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