An oncologist by training, Dr. David Agus’ controversial tips to staying young and healthy have garnered a wide following. Many consider him an innovator in modern medicine. With his recommendations, he says that you can live longer, be disease-free, and feel younger than you ever thought possible.
Statins: Low-Cost Cholesterol-Lowering Medications
One of Dr. Agus’ most provocative beliefs is that the fountain of youth is attainable if everyone were to take statins, widely-used medications that are often used to lower cholesterol. Studies show that statins have surprisingly powerful anti-inflammatory actions that can slow the aging process and reduce your risk of many diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. One study in particular showed that statins can reduce one’s overall risk of dying from non-cardiac events, particularly respiratory illness and infections.
He recommends that everyone over the age of 40 should discuss taking a statin with his or her physician, especially those who have any risk factors for cancer, diabetes or heart disease. Dr. Agus believes that anyone at risk for chronic inflammation should benefit from a statins’ anti-inflammatory effects, and should ask his or her doctor why he or she is not taking a statin.
Despite their side effects, Dr. Agus believes that the benefits of statins outweigh the cons.
Dr Oz’s Bottom Line on Statins
Though Dr. Oz believes that statins have positive health benefits and has prescribed statins for many of his patients who have heart disease and high cholesterol, he respectfully disagrees with Dr. Agus’ recommendations on statins.
First of all, though statins work for some, altering one’s diet and activity is much more powerful. Overall, Dr. Oz believes that the powerful effects of a healhty lifestyle dwarf the effects of any medication. Though statins do help, widely prescribing statins would mean that the doctor doesn’t trust his or her own patients to make needed lifestyle changes on their own.
Furthermore, statins, like all drugs, have side effects, which include:
- Muscle pain and damage
- Memory loss
- Livery toxicity
- Kidney failure