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Old Thu, Nov-21-13, 15:21
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Nancy LC Nancy LC is offline
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Plan: Paleo 99.5%
Stats: 210/170/160 Female 67.5"
Progress: 80%
Location: San Diego, CA
Default Statins for women? Not for my patients!

Woo hoo!

Inexcusable Risk

Contrary to what is demonstrated in industry studies, intolerable side effects occurred in 20 percent of those treated with statins in an eight-year retrospective cohort study. Given the total lack of demonstrated benefit in women, as a demographic, we are now, in the realm of iatrogenesis, or doctor-induced harm, which may include decreased cognitive function, cataracts, sexual dysfunction, depression, muscle pain, and now, diabetes. Understanding the pathogenisis of cardiovascular disease, induction of diabetes in women, who will then be put at risk for cardiovascular events, is inexcusable. We have known, at least since this study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, that the risk of new onset diabetes in postmenopausal women was increased by 48 percent. Plain and simple: "Statin medication use in postmenopausal women is associated with an increased risk for DM."

Brain and Hormone Sabotage

As a women's health psychiatrist, I am principally concerned with the effects of a low fat diet, poor cholesterol production, and medication-disrupting lipid effects because cholesterol is a primary component of cell membranes, acting as both a filter and a structural reinforcer. Cell membranes are where all of the action is at including receptor function and trafficking of nutrients and toxic elements. Cholesterol is also the precursor to vitamin D, and to pregnenolone and the sex hormones that derive from it, making it critical for appropriate production, feedback, and balance. I discuss these relationships, and its relevance to risk of depression, here:
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Old Thu, Nov-21-13, 15:33
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ojoj ojoj is offline
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Progress: 101%
Location: South of England

Definitely WOO HOO!!!

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