If your cholesterol’s come down and you’re thinking about discontinuing your statin use, you may want to reconsider. One class of the common cholesterol-controlling drug may significantly lower your risk for Parkinson’s Disease, according to research published in Neurology. The study team tracked the health outcomes of roughly 44,000 statin users—all free of Parkinson’s at the start of the decade-long study. Compared to people who stopped taking statins, those who continued swallowing fat-soluble forms of the drug, which include simvastatin (Zocor) and atorvastatin (Lipitor), were 58% less likely to develop Parkinson’s, the research shows. Fat-soluble statins were even more protective in women and the elderly. On the other hand, water-soluble statin users were more than twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s than their friends on fat-soluble ones. Why? Unlike water-soluble statins like rosuvastatin (Crestor) and pravastatin (Pravachol), which … [Read more...] about This Is Your Mind On Statins
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(Natural News) Statins are a type of cholesterol-lowering drug typically prescribed to patients at risk of cardiovascular disease. Although they may provide relief from heart conditions, the same can’t be said of their effects on the brain. A recent study by researchers from the Penn State College of Medicine has presented a troubling fact about these drugs: the use of statins may increase a person’s susceptibility to Parkinson’s disease.For their study, the researchers extricated and studied data from a database of insurance claims. Out of the 50 million people registered in the database, they were able to identify 22,000 people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. They then narrowed it down to just 2,322 people who had been recently diagnosed with the condition. Those Parkinson’s disease patients were then each paired up with another person from the database who didn’t have Parkinson’s disease. Finally, the researchers determined who had been … [Read more...] about Cholesterol-lowering drugs may accelerate onset of Parkinson’s disease, according to researchers
For the first time, scientists have found evidence that autoimmunity may have a role in Parkinson's disease. They found that fragments of the protein that builds up in the dopamine cells of the brains of people with Parkinson's trigger an immune response that kills the cells. The study - led by Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, NY, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in California - is published in the journal Nature. The findings raise the possibility that blocking the discovered immune response may offer a new way to slow progression of the brain-wasting disorder. Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder caused by the loss of dopamine-producing cells in a part of the brain that deals with movement. Dopamine is an important messenger molecule that helps brain cells to communicate with each other. The main symptoms of Parkinson's disease include tremor, stiffness, slow movement, and impaired balance. These can also be accompanied by depression … [Read more...] about Autoimmunity may have role in Parkinson’s disease
Daily statin use to lower cholesterol may soon be a thing of the past. A new study reveals how a vaccine successfully lowered "bad" cholesterol in mice and reduced atherosclerosis, which is a narrowing of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque. The vaccine is called AT04A and has already entered a human clinical trial, which is expected to deliver results by the end of this year. If the vaccine is found to be safe and effective in humans, researchers say that it would offer a long-term therapeutic strategy for high cholesterol; rather than taking statins every day, patients could simply have an initial injection, followed by an annual booster. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, around 73.5 million adults have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is often referred to as "bad" cholesterol; high LDL levels can lead to atherosclerosis. This is the accumulation of fatty deposits, or plaque, in the arteries. … [Read more...] about Could a cholesterol-lowering vaccine replace statins?
Thousands of people across the United States are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease every year. New research examines the effect of statins on the risk of developing this neurodegenerative disease. Every year, approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that half a million people in the country live with the illness. Statins are a type of drug commonly used to decrease "bad" cholesterol levels in the blood. Often prescribed to patients at risk of cardiovascular disease, statins improve the blood flow and restore the elasticity of the arteries. Recently, there has been an increasing interest in the potential of statins to protect brain cells and thus prevent the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. But the evidence in support of this neuroprotective role has been inconsistent or has depended on animal models and cell cultures. Xuemei Huang, Ph.D. - a … [Read more...] about Statins may raise the risk of Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease is an involuntary movement disorder which causes uncontrolled and unwanted movements of the body but can also cause a marked degree of body rigidity with total loss of movement capability. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder which affects speech, facial expressions, physical movements, and frequently causes tremors of the hands. As the disease progresses, the body movements become more rigid, slower, and there are few facial expressions or normal bodily movements seen. Parkinson’s disease is also frequently associated with cognitive decline, dementia, mood disorder, and pre-mature mortality. The disease primarily targets the nervous system with the actual pathology being rather disputed at this point. At one time, the theory was that people who displayed Parkinson’s disease had a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine in a certain area of the brain known as the substantia nigra. Now, it seems that groups of particles within … [Read more...] about Parkinson’s Disease: What You Need to Know
Pretty much everyone that is knowledgeable of natural health methods is searching for a “magic bullet” when it comes to optimal health. One that can help us avoid disease, preserve our organ health, support healthy aging, provide defense from environmental toxins, neutralize free radicals, protect our DNA, and rejuvenate us from head to toe. This magic bullet seems like an impossible dream – or is it? As it turns out, the magic bullet is already inside of us… it’s called CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10). CoQ10 is a naturally occurring substance similar to a vitamin that our bodies produce, but in most cases, not quite enough is produced to keep our health where it should be. Reasons for decreased CoQ10 production can include oxidative stress, increased metabolic demand, insufficient dietary CoQ10 intake, deficiency of factors required for biosynthesis and CoQ10 conversion, potential effects from illness and disease, age-related changes in your genes, or any … [Read more...] about CoQ10: The Essential Nutrient That Is Critical for Optimal Health
Most of us think if we blow-off breakfast we’ll lose weight. How would you like to lose 30 pounds within a year? Let’s face it, losing weight isn’t easy. But keeping it off is way harder. The people that study weight dilemmas say it can be done with little effort. Reports say that one in five people can manage to lose 10 percent of body weight and keep it off for at least a year. In more than 4,000 of successful weight losers (30 pounds lost and kept off) that participated in the National Weight Control Registry, scientists are trying to figure out what they do differently from other people that have a problem losing weight and keeping it off. Yep, they ate breakfast every day. Well, at least three out of four. Not bacon, ham, or sausage and eggs, but a bowl of high fiber cereal and dried and/or fresh fruit. Understand one thing, we are not talking about the major brands that became the “enemies of the people” by their contributions to defeat the … [Read more...] about Guess which is your most important meal?
Previously, I demonstrated that cholesterol is a vital component of our brain (1). Without it, our neurons cannot work properly leading to an increased risk of neurological problems such as depression, anxiety, Parkinson, and Alzheimer’s disease. The connection between Alzheimer’s disease and cholesterol is based entirely on the amyloid hypothesis. This hypothesis was first proposed in 1984 (2). It states that the accumulation of the protein amyloid (specifically Aβ42) leads to the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain which interferes with the synapses and the death of the neurons. The researchers proposed that the body cannot get rid of the toxic amyloid protein fast enough which kill the neurons. Based on this hypothesis, cholesterol is responsible of the accumulation of plaques in the brain leading to the development of the Alzheimer’s disease. Without any doubt, the presence of the amyloid plaques in the brain is a universal characteristic of this … [Read more...] about What if we are wrong about Alzheimer’s disease?
Your blood work came back normal but you still feel like crap? Why low cholesterol is not as healthy as you were led to believe. You go to see the doctor because you have been feeling depressed, or have anxiety, aggression, low sex drive, memory issues, fatigue or you basically just don’t feel like yourself. It can be good news to hear that your blood work is normal but yet a sinking feeling because you still don’t know why you are feeling the way you are. Today I am only going to address one marker on your blood work that may be affecting your mood, physical and mental health. And this one may surprise you! Cholesterol: Why low cholesterol is not as good for your health as your think Note: in this blog I am only addressing total cholesterol. Many people have low cholesterol either through diet or via medication. This may seem like a great thing-your doctor tells you this is great. You eat low fat food products, limit the amount of … [Read more...] about low cholesterol may be causing your depression and anxiety