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Reduce Inflammation Naturally, Crestor Alternatives

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 10:55 PM EST
Category: Major Medical
Tags: Food Safety, Inflammation, AstraZeneca, Crestor, Rosuvastatin, Cholesterol, Statins, Heart Disease, Jupiter Trial

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One of the top stories in the news this week has been a large study that suggests millions of people could benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, even if they have low cholesterol, because the drugs can significantly lower their risk of heart attacks, strokes and death.

Statins work to reduce both inflammation and low-density or LDL cholesterol, also associated with coronary heart disease.

AstraZeneca, maker of Crestor, generic name rosuvastatin, funded The Jupiter Trial. A long-term trial that involved nearly 18,000 people worldwide tested rosuvastatin 20 mg in men and women who did not have a history of high cholesterol or heart disease.

What they did have was high levels of a protein called high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), or CRP, which indicates arterial inflammation in the body.

Researchers found the risk of heart attack was cut by more than half for people who took statins. Those people were also nearly 50 percent less likely to suffer a stroke or need bypass surgery, and 20 percent decrease in death from all causes compared to those who were given a placebo.

As a result of the study, experts predict that millions of seemingly healthy individuals will start getting screened for inflammation using a blood test called high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and millions of them will be put on statins to combat inflammation as a result.

However, patients who have high CRP, but are otherwise healthy, should start out slow and carefully consider the benefits and risks associated with statins before deciding to take them.

A few simple lifestyle changes can help you naturally lower excess inflammation, as well as your heart disease risk:

Fish, Olive Oil & Nuts. Studies have shown that a Mediterranean-style diet, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids such as olive oil, fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans and whole grains, helps reduce inflammation.

Quit Smoking. Smoking hardens arteries and can send CRP levels spiraling. But research shows you can reverse the damaging effects within ten years if you quit today.

Shake It Up. Finding the motivation to exercise can be a challenge, but it helps to lower inflammation without the side effects accompanied by most medications. And the good news is you don’t need to do much. A bike ride, brisk walk or swimming for 30 minutes, 5 days a week is all you need. Not too bad.

Shrink the Middle. Losing a few inches off the waist by practicing portion control and daily activity can go a long way to helping. Women with a waistline bigger than 35 inches and men 40 inches, most likely have high inflammation.

Let it Go. Take a deep breath and move on. High levels of hormones can lead to the release of inflammatory chemicals. Finding just a few minutes to relax is important for your health. Meditation, deep breathing or a good ole hot bubble bath with your favorite candles can help you forget your worries and R-E-L-A-X.

Get your ZZZ’s. Studies have shown lack of sleep (six or less hours) or too much (more than eight hours) results in inflammation. Most adults require between seven and eight hours of sleep every night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Doctors meeting this week at the American Heart Association’s annual gathering in New Orleans are talking about a new, simple, low-cost blood test that might be added to regular medical exams to assess heart disease.

Even when there are no outward symptoms of heart problems, the test detects a risk of heart disease and stroke risk and might indicate a patient should begin statin drugs. #


2 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by Mgood
Thursday, November 13, 2008 9:28 AM EST

Interestingly, what could be the best, more efficacious, alternative to statin drugs is niacin. The website, LINK , a site that's primarily about niacin therapy, has many articles & studies about CRP. Inflammation, lipid particle size, HDL enhancement, as well as all the other cholesterol numbers are discussed, there.

Posted by Julia Schopick
Saturday, November 22, 2008 10:28 PM EST

I am glad to see that people are questioning the advisability of putting many more people on statins, and are looking for natural ways to a healthy heart!

Following the publicity surrounding the JUPITER study, some experts have pointed out that there have been studies that show that diet and nutritional supplements also lower C-Reactive Protein levels. For instance, Dr. Andrew Saul referenced several of these studies in his recent article, “Why treat nutritional deficiency with drugs?” ( LINK ).

These studies have been published in reputable journals, including the American Heart Association’s “Circulation,” “Diabetes Care” and “The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” to name just a few, and are catalogued by PubMed, where I found them.

I have listed (and linked to) seven of these studies in an article on my website, “Statins (Crestor) for Everyone? Or Could Diet and Nutritional Supplements Do the Job Better?”. My article may be found at LINK .

I’d like to also point out that Paul Ridker, MD, who conducted the JUPITER/Crestor study, was quoted on WebMD’s professional news service, Heartwire, as saying that “. . . diet alone can have a substantive effect on lowering CRP levels.”

I’m glad to see that there are like-minded people out there!

Julia Schopick
Medical Advocate
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