I have always tried to be honest and factual in my discourse. I make the following disclosures in that spirit.
Last week was terrifying. In a three day period my balance became very challenged, I lost my ability to rise from a chair without lifting myself with my arms, my coconut oil benefits-window shrunk from 5-6 hours to less than 2 hours, low back pain was nearly constant, and I had my first Parky fall. What the ...!??
Then I recalled that three days previous, I had begun taking a statin drug (Simvastatin, 10mg), together with two other drugs related to an angioplasty and stint implant. Known side effects of statin drugs are muscle weakness and pain. In addition, the way that statins work is to inhibit liver enzyme action that produces LDL cholesterol, a path that is used to convert Coconut Oil to Ketones, presumably important for PWP benefits.
I dropped the statins. Three days later I can rise from a chair again, my balance is better, and my coconut oil benefits-window is increasing (now up to 3-4 hours). I am looking for natural ways to lower my cholesterol (so far Apples, Psyllium, Cholestoff, and Red Rice Yeast; any other ideas?). For me, dealing with Parky is more important than a slight reduction in heart attack risk:
From Dr Briffa, drbriffa.com/2013/12/12/wha...
"The great majority of people taking statins have no history of heart attack or stroke, and the idea of taking statins is to prevent such an occurrence – so-called ‘primary prevention’. In this context, statins do not save lives. For healthy individuals, then, the evidence shows that countless individuals might stop their statins, but not one of them will lose their life as a result.
What might happen to the risk of having a non-fatal heart attack, though? Well, the data here shows that in primary prevention, 300 people will need to be treated with statins for a year to prevent one heart attack . So, if someone were to come off their statins for a year, the risk of them having a heart attack as a result are actually tiny (about one third of one per cent). Even if we multiply this figure over several years, the risk still remains very low.
In individuals with a prior history of heart attack or stroke (‘secondary prevention’) the benefits of statins a greater. In this context, for example, statins do reduce the relative risk of death (particularly from heart attack). However, again, this benefit needs to be taken in the context of underlying risk. The data show that if 200 people were to be treated with statins for a year about one person would be spared a heart attack. If 100 people were treated, only about one life would be saved over the next five years . Taking all benefits into consideration, over five years of treatment, 96 per cent of people would not benefit at all.
This means, again, that if even if someone has had a prior heart attack, stopping statins is actually quite unlikely to usher in a heart attack or earlier demise.
It’s only by taking a cold hard look at the data and understanding it in real terms that we can make an accurate judgment about the supposed risks of stopping statins. I think we doctors do a huge disservice to people by either not being aware of the data or giving patients a false impression of the risks of stopping statin therapy."
fwes again: So for me, it comes down to balancing a small reduction in chance of a heart problem to dealing with Parky. I choose to deal with Parky and hope that skilled cardiologists can fix my plumbing if the need arises.
Note: My lipid levels have always been in the safe range for a non-cardiovascular patient, and continue at those levels. My primary care physician is puzzled at my history of good numbers and the subsequent blockage. As an identified cardiovascular patient, the cholesterol goals have been lowered substantially. Hence the advice to undergo statin treatment.
Coconut Oil Issue
A large proportion of middle-aged adults are on statin drugs. Several PWP have tried Coconut oil and reported no benefit. I must wonder: How many PWP who got no benefit from Coconut oil were taking statins when they tried the Coconut oil? I would appreciate hearing from you, either through this post or by private message,