Back when I had a heart attack in June 2016, my doctors put me on a Statin. The name of the Statin they put me on is Crestor.
I was confused as to why I was put on a Statin because the purpose of a Statin is to lower and control Cholesterol. Well, in my entire life I have never had high cholesterol, so this made me wonder why.
I questioned two of my doctors about this. The doctors I asked were my cardiologist and my internist.
My Internist basically said “Well, you had a heart attack. People who have heart attacks should take a statin.” I don’t recall the exact words, but that is the gist of what he said. I did not consider that to be a very good answer. I mean, it should be “well, because you have this specific problem, the statin will do x, y, and z to counter that problem.” But, nothing like that, just a very general answer that did not really make sense. He even said that high cholesterol did not cause my heart attack (because my cholesterol was low), but that diabetes caused it, because of the many years that I had diabetes.
When I asked my cardiologist, his answer was more specific, but I still did not consider it a good answer. I told him that my total cholesterol was below 140, which is the low end of the normal range for cholesterol. He said immediately… oh, but you are diabetic. If you have diabetes, you should be around half of the normal, so around 70 for your total cholesterol. Well, I had never heard of such a thing before, but hey, I am not a doctor, I have no medical training, so I did not question it. I just took the statin as instructed.
Over the months, I still questioned, in my mind, why I needed a statin, but I decided that is what the doctors said I should take, so I took it. I have been on a crusade to improve my health to the point where I can eliminate medications that I was taking. I have been very successful so far. I went from taking 9 different medications, plus Insulin (not a medication, a hormone). Today, I take only 2 medications, and one of those is only a half dose.
Why I Quit Statins
About a month ago, I read an article about the reasons why statins are not good for you. Statins have many side effects, and at best, they only reduce heart attack risk by a very small percentage (as I recall, it is like a 1% reduction in risk). One of the downsides of statins that I read in this article was that statins make it hard for your body to go into Ketosis. Ketosis means that your body has shifted from burning carbohydrates (sugars) for its fuel and instead is burning fat. Hmmm… I do a ketogenic diet, along with fasting, as an effort to stay in ketosis all of the time. I want my body burning fat, and I don’t even eat carbs anymore, except a very small amount of carbs in vegetables. If statins were making it hard for my body to shift to ketosis, that was directly against the goal that I was striving for!
So, that very day, after reading the article, I decided to stop using the statin. My diabetes was already gone, and the only real reason I had been given for needing a statin was that although my cholesterol was low, it should be even lower because I was diabetic. Well, since I was no longer diabetic, why would I need a statin? I quit immediately.
I had been on a plateau and not losing weight for some time up until that point. Within days, though, I started losing significant weight again!
Bye, bye statins. Frankly, I don’t miss you.