I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything crazier in my career than the hype around cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
My mainstream colleagues keep handing out statin drugs like sweets, even though they’ve been linked to muscle pain, cataracts, diabetes, and more.
And if the statins mania wasn’t already crazy enough, it looks like they’re coming for our children now.
The American Academy of Paediatrics is working to change the guidelines to include testing children as young as nine years old for high cholesterol!
Sure. Just show me one 9-year-old who has dropped dead of a cholesterol-induced heart attack, and I’ll get on board.
And Pfizer — one of the main players in the statin market — is even selling a chewable form of the statin drug Lipitor.
It’s no secret that children today are more overweight and unhealthier than ever. And it’s all because they can’t step away from their video games and iPhones.
But for heaven’s sake, whatever happened to trying lifestyle changes first?
The fact that there’s even a debate about whether we should be giving children statin drugs (and that there’s at least one company planning for it) is downright preposterous.
If you have a child or grandchild who is overweight, you can set them up for a healthy heart NOW with simple diet and exercise changes that can last them a lifetime.
Make Paleo-friendly meals with lots of animal protein and veggies. Reducing sugars and carbs helps children with weight management and naturally lowers their heart risk – all without the dangers of statins.
And finally, get those youngsters OUTSIDE… and if they can’t figure out how to entertain themselves without “plugging in,” sign them up for a class or team sport. The heart is a muscle – and it needs a good workout… not drugs… to stay healthy.
Cardiovascular Diseases are on the Rise Among Children, beacontranscript.com/cardiovascular-diseases-are-on-the-rise-among-children/5322/
What Lipitor Chewables for Kids Tells Us about Pfizer’s Plans for Its Biggest Brand, cbsnews.com/news/what-lipitor-chewables-for-kids-tells-us-about-pfizers-plans-for-its-biggest-brand/
Pfizer Blockbuster Lipitor Pediatric Patent Protection, pharmafile.com/news/162122/pfizer-blockbuster-lipitor-paediatric-patent-protection