According to an article published this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association has recommended seven steps to improve cardiovascular health.
They include not smoking, being physically active, normal blood pressure, normal blood glucose, low total cholesterol levels and weight and eating a healthy diet.
Researchers looked at 20 years of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination – which studied 44,959 U.S. adults – and found the reduction in all-cause mortality was for: not smoking (51 percent), physical activity (15 percent), eating a healthy diet (6 percent), maintaining normal blood pressure (19 percent) and maintaining normal blood glucose (27 percent).
The authors also found that there was no increased risk for cholesterol levels over 200 mg/dl. This study was not widely publicized, most likely because it is another nail in the coffin of the hypothesis that elevated cholesterol levels cause heart disease.
Cholesterol is vital for maintaining cell integrity, and the use of cholesterol-lowering agents has not been shown to improve the longevity of men or women. The only positive effect of statin drugs is a slight reduction (about 1 percent) in non-fatal heart attacks in younger men who have already suffered a stroke or heart attack.
For all men and women who have not suffered a cardiovascular event, there is no good data supporting the use of these agents.
Just this week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that only 42 million Americans were on some form of statin, but there needed to be 72 million. It’s the same government that implemented the Affordable Health Care Plan that allowed you to keep your doctor and insurance plan.
Immediately, real cardiologists who were in it for the welfare of the people came forth and disputed those facts and figures. They also disputed the calculator that was established on the Internet to help someone determine who needed to be on statin drugs. Based on that calculator, my 4-year-old granddaughter, Mckenna, and 1-year-old grandson, Saylor, need to be on drugs.
Wonder if a few million dollars exchanged hands from lobbyists to some senators last week?
More information about cholesterol-lowering medications can be found in Dr. David Brownstein’s book, “Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do.”
Tomm McKinney is a health coach in Lebanon. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.