Statin drugs are a class of drugs that lower cholesterol in the body and are prescribed to help prevent heart disease. These drugs work by preventing the production of a key element of cholesterol in the liver. By blocking this, an enzyme, LDL cholesterol, is not produced. LDL is known as the “bad cholesterol” because it can cause plaque. There is the possibility that statin drugs may have other positive health effects as well.
Researchers at the University of Michigan did a meta-analysis looking at how statin drugs affected colon cancer risk. The finding revealed that 12 percent of patients who took statin drugs over a long period of time had lower risk for colon cancer. Observational studies showed risk for other cancers as well including breast, prostate, lung, pancreas and liver. Note that statins drugs do have negative health effects as well including higher risks of liver dysfunction, kidney dysfunction or failure and muscle weakness.
I think it is always a good to find multiple uses for drug therapies. However there are several studies that show that a natural treatment, including the food that we eat, can effectively lower LDL and reduce the risk of colon cancer as well. Eating a high fiber diet is the healthy behavior that lowers cholesterol, reducing plague formation and cardiovascular disease. Fiber binds to the LDL cholesterol and pulls it out of the body. The reduction of the bad cholesterol lowers the risk for heart disease. High fiber diets have been proven to reduce the risk of colon cancer as well. Exercise has also been shown to help lower bad cholesterol and colon cancer. I want to be very clear that if you are not educated properly about how to use diet and exercise to help you monitor and maintain your health you need to seek out a qualified health care professional or naturopathic doctor. Using natural therapies sometimes require expert advice especially if you are trying to use them for a therapeutic or medical purpose. So with that understanding this is an example of how learning to eat a whole foods diet and appropriate exercise can help prevent serious diseases from developing in your body.