Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are unfavored by many doctors and holistic coaches worldwide.  The proof of these drugs working is dismal, whereas a holistic lifestyle change towards a more vegetable-based diet, has a more profound impact on health improvement.

The impact of statin drugs on your body slows down the mitochondria which, in turn, slows down your metabolism. To ramp up your metabolism, let’s discuss the effects of statins and how you might make some adjustments towards feeling better and eliminating the need for them.

Throughout the past 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of people taking statins.  Many of them explained to me their fear of eliminating the statin drugs (causing a dramatic rise in cholesterol) and the constant side effects (muscle pain, liver damage, memory loss) associated with the medication.  A viscous cycle, for sure.  By taking a closer look at the overall effects statins have on your body, considering a few simple, educated lifestyle changes, and a conversation with your doctor – I believe you will feel better and experience increased metabolism!

Metabolism Busters:

Muscle Pain

Muscle pain in the most common side effect of statins.  Sadly, this side effect does not disappear over time or prolonged use.  My clients complain that the muscle pain prohibits them from exercising, consequently slowing the role of mitochondrial function and their metabolism.  Let’s not allow the statins take away your freedom to move your body!

Ask your doctor about a plant-based holistic lifestyle change and discuss incorporating specific exercises.

Exercise!  The stress of physical exercise tunes up existing mitochondria and activates biochemical pathways that stimulate the production of new ones (a phenomenon known as mitochondrial biogenesis).  You will experience a rise in metabolism with increased mitochondrial function.

–        I would recommend frequent, low-intensity workouts that are geared around mobility and aerobic work. Aim for strength training 2 times a week and mobility/aerobic work on the other days.


Increased chance of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a small risk of statin drugs, but enough for the FDA to issue a warning.  Statins appear to increase the risk of Type 2 Diabetes in several ways, according to researchers: the drugs can increase a person’s insulin resistance and they can impair the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin. *2

Simply put, insulin resistance can increase the amount of sugar in the bloodstream then, ingesting sugar with this predisposition, might add to the dysfunction of the body system leading to high blood sugar.

Additional research suggests metabolism and mitochondrial function slows with increased glucose – found primarily in sugar and breads.  One of the easiest ways to gain a massive energy intake: “Metabolic regulation is largely dependent on mitochondria, which plays an important role in energy homeostasis by metabolizing nutrients and producing ATP and heat. Imbalance between energy intake and expenditure leads to mitochondrial dysfunction, characterized by a reduced ratio of energy production”

“Interventions that improve mitochondrial function also improve insulin resistance”

Start your journey by asking your doctor if he/she can do a genetic test to determine if you are of the small group of people who are living in a human body that actually has a broken system and not subjected to a degradation of health because of lifestyle choices.

Find a nutrition coach who can recommend low glycemic meals and added fiber such as the 8-week health coaching program.


Interference with production of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

CoQ10 participates in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – high-energy molecules that fuel our minds and bodies and is part of the electron transport chain which protects the mitochondria against free-radical damage.  Statins interfere with your body’s production of CoQ10 and have disastrous effects on the heart, liver, and brain.

The challenge with CoQ10 is absorption into the bloodstream. I highly recommend Isotonix® Coenzyme Q10 (a powder) as the common pill-form is not as effective.  From my experience with clients, its absorption is good, makes a profound impact on muscle soreness, and improves quality of life by lessening the side effects of the statins.

Protecting your mitochondrial function with supplementation, diet and exercise changes, crosses paths with interventions to living a lifestyle that prevents and cures diseases. Healthy living, appropriate exercise and nutritional eating can reverse the damage from many years of stress and an out-of-homeostasis body that may have led to the need for statins in the first place.  If your doctor is not willing to have this discussion with you, perhaps you can find another opinion with a new doctor.   Finding a competent health coach, nutritionist and functional medicine doctor will help you with the lifestyle changes, improve your well-being and work towards eliminating harmful medications.

To your best health and happy nutritional journey!!

Please contact me with questions, concerns or comments below.


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  1. Kathleen Koban
    Kathleen Koban says:

    I have worked with some functional medicine both in AZ & Texas but currently looking for someone that can aid as a fitness coach & nutritionist. I believe I still have adrenal stress fatigue & have focused on a healthy living diet. I would like to revamp my healthy lifestyle & build lean muscle, lose about 50 pounds, and have more energy. Any thoughts will be appreciated. Thank you!


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