What you haven’t been told about cholesterol-lowering medication
Of course, statins inhibit the production of cholesterol, they do this very well. Nowhere is the failing of our medical system more evident than in the wholesale acceptance of cholesterol reduction as a way to prevent disease. Have all these doctors forgotten what they learned in biochemistry 101 about the many roles of cholesterol in human biochemistry?
Every cell membrane in the body contains cholesterol because cholesterol is what makes our cells waterproof, without cholesterol we could not have a different biochemistry on the inside and outside of the cell. When cholesterol levels are not adequate, the cell membrane becomes leaky or porous; a situation the body interprets as an emergency. This triggers a flood of corticoid hormones to be released that work by sequestering cholesterol from one part of the body and transporting it to areas where it is lacking. Cholesterol is the body’s repair substance: scar tissue contains high levels of cholesterol, including scar tissue in the arteries.
Cholesterol is a precursor for vitamin D, necessary for numerous biochemical processes including mineral metabolism. The bile salts required for the digestion of fat are made of cholesterol. Those who suffer from low cholesterol often have trouble digesting fats. Cholesterol also functions as a powerful antioxidant, thus protecting us against cancer and ageing.
Cholesterol is vital to proper neurological function. It plays a key role in the formation of memory and uptake of hormones in the brain, including serotonin, the body’s feel-good chemical. When cholesterol levels drop too low, the serotonin receptors cannot work. Cholesterol is the main organic molecule in the brain, constituting over half the dry weight of the cerebral cortex.
Finally, cholesterol is the precursor to all hormones produced in the adrenal cortex including glucocorticoids, which regulate blood sugar levels, and mineralocorticoids which regulate mineral balance. Corticoids are the cholesterol-based adrenal hormones that the body uses in response to stress in various types; it promotes healing and balances the tendency of inflammation. The adrenal cortex also produces sex hormones; including testosterone, oestrogen, and progesterone, out of cholesterol. Thus low cholesterol whether due to an innate error of metabolism or induced by cholesterol-lowering diets and drugs can be expected to disrupt the production of adrenal hormones and lead to:
- Blood sugar problems
- Oedema (abnormal accumulation of fluid in the interstitial, which are locations beneath the skin or in one or more cavities of the body. It is clinically shown as swelling.)
- Mineral deficiencies
- Chronic inflammation
- Difficulty in healing
- Reduced libido
- Various reproductive problems
Source: Lipid Research Centre