cholesterol levels

  1. Beware of this 'up-and-coming' drug

    Next generation of cholesterol meds could be the worst yet

    Move over statins -- you're yesterday's news. With the patents on all but one of the top-selling cholesterol meds now expired, Big Pharma is on the prowl for a new trophy wife.

    He may have found her, too, in the form of a frightening new generation of cholesterol meds called PCSK9 inhibitors.

    Instead of a daily pill, these drugs are injected every few weeks or even just once a month -- and the early word is they cause cholesterol levels to plunge even faster and further than statins ever did.

    Sounds great, right? Wrong -- because your problem isn't high cholesterol in the first place. Despite what you've been told, your levels are almost certainly TOO LOW -- and I'll tell you more about what's at stake in a moment.

    First, those PCSK9 inhibitors.

    If you haven't heard of them, you just haven't heard of them YET. They're such a Big Honkin' Deal that the drug company giants...Regeneron, Sanofi, Amgen, Merck, Novartis, and Pfizer...are all racing to be first to market with one.

    Lipitor alone did $13 billion a year at its peak, so you can see why they're practically drooling over this new stuff.

    One of the new drugs, code-named REGN727, cut LDL cholesterol by as much as 65 percent compared to a placebo and even slashed levels in patients who were already taking a statin.

    Another, code-named AMG 145, cut LDL levels by an average of 63 percent in eight weeks -- and slashed those levels by 66 percent in patients already taking statins.

    In both cases, the researchers claimed there were no serious adverse events -- which is a real hoot when you consider they made the same claim about statins.

    Some researchers said statins were so safe and effective they should be handed out with hamburgers and even dumped into the water supply.

    Now, those same "safe" meds carry a warning list a mile long -- with reported side effects linking them to severe muscle pain, liver and kidney damage, memory loss, cataracts, sexual dysfunction, and more.

    The FDA has even warned that these drugs can CAUSE diabetes!

    But even if the drugs were safe -- and they're not -- low cholesterol itself is UNsafe. It can actually cause the very heart attacks you're trying to avoid and even boost your risk of cancer.

    I've got the full story coming up next. Keep reading!

  2. World's most common drugs cause diabetes

    Link between statins and diabetes confirmed by the feds

    If you're taking statins because you believe picture-perfect cholesterol levels will help keep disease at bay, I've got some bad news for you.

    After years of pushing these drugs as the answer to just about everything, the feds now admit they were wrong... because statins can actually CAUSE diabetes.

    WHOOPS!

    We're not talking about a tiny risk here, either. One expert crunched the numbers in The New York Times and concluded that 100,000 Americans currently taking statins will get diabetes BECAUSE OF the very drugs that were supposed to "save" them.

    But let's look at the other side of the coin here. Most of the companies that make statins also make meds for diabetes and its related conditions. For them, 100,000 new diabetics isn't a terrible side effect -- heck, it's a business model!

    I bet someone got a promotion for that one.

    Of course, none of this is a surprise to regular Daily Dose readers. I've been warning you for years now that statins aren't all they're cracked up to be -- and that a higher risk of diabetes is just the tip of the iceberg.

    The new FDA warning also says these meds can cause high blood sugar, memory loss, and confusion. And if that's not enough for you to decide to toss that prescription in the trash, statins have also been linked to serious muscle pain, liver problems, kidney failure, nerve damage, sexual dysfunction, vision problems, and more.

    Yet despite all those risks -- and despite the fact that statins cure no disease and haven't even been proven to save lives -- these meds have become some of the best-selling drugs of all time, taken by a quarter of all adults over the age of 45.

    It's nuts, because the very reason for their existence is an out-and-out fraud. If you're like most people, the only cholesterol problem you have is LOW cholesterol.

    That might sound absolutely batty if you've been listening to years of mainstream advice, but the facts speak for themselves: The very blood fats you've been taught to fear are crucial to everything from heart function to brain health.

    One study out of Japan a couple of years ago even found that people with HIGH cholesterol actually lived longer than those with textbook "low" levels.

    And you're supposed to aim for those levels -- and take dangerous drugs to get there? No thanks!

    To find out how you can learn more about the Great Cholesterol Myth, read this.

  3. Readin’, writin’ and Statins

    Cholesterol meds for children! It just doesn't get any nuttier than that -- but new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics call on docs to give kids statins... starting in the FOURTH GRADE!
  4. Statin guidelines written under the influence

    Think your doc's concern about your cholesterol levels comes from a genuine interest in your health? Think again: It comes from a set of guidelines created by "experts" who were bought and paid for by the companies that make cholesterol meds.
  5. Slash heart risk by 50 percent?

    The polypill pushers are at it again -- and this time, they say their all-in-one drug can slash the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent.
  6. Candles, cake & cholesterol meds

    It doesn't matter if your blood pressure is fine and your cholesterol levels are perfect – once you hit 55, you should be taking BP pills and cholesterol meds, regardless. At least, that's what the researchers of a daffy new study would have you believe.
  7. Shocking cholesterol study

    Researchers behind a massive new study on cholesterol and stroke risk practically wrote me a love letter in the Annals of Neurology, finding no link at all between levels of the so-called "bad" cholesterol and stroke risk in women.
  8. Feds issue warning on Zocor

    The FDA says a common statin drug that's been used by millions to lower their cholesterol levels is actually even more dangerous than they thought.
  9. Heart organization keeps getting it wrong

    If you're looking for a "simple" way to get fatter and sicker faster than ever, then the American Heart Association has a plan for you.
  10. How Big Pharma plans to get the world on statins

    In spite of all of the bad news I've brought you about statins in the past year, there's always a new study that claims they're the best thing since sliced bread.

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