Impotence: Cholesterol Statins Lower Testosterone And Depress Libido
If you are on statins to lower your cholesterol it may be increasing your risk of dying early and be responsible for your impotence. So says, David Perlmutter, M.D., author of Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar — Your Brain’s Silent Killers.
Grain Brain is a fascinating, rational and cutting-edge neuroscience book about how the foods we eat affect our brain, which then affects our body’s health. The bulk of Permutter’s thesis is that eating carbohydrates — especially wheat and other foods that contain gluten — and sugar create inflammation that causes brain disease and deterioration. The inflammation causes the neurotransmitters that fire the signals to run your brain and body to be starved for their co-factors and precursors (the chemicals required for your body to manufacture the neurotransmitters).
Breakthroughs in neuroscience highlight the problems in eating high carbs and low fat.
Eating a low-fat diet high in sugars and carbs leads to chronic headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, movement disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD as well as loss of overall cognitive functioning including memory and processing speed. Diabetes and brain disease, which come from eating too much sugar and carbohydrates as compared to healthy fat (avocados, lean meats) and vegetables. Obesity, allergies, Alzheimer’s Disease and even heart disease and impotence all stem from a diet that is too rich in sugars and does not provide enough healthy fat for the brain to function.
You may have heard about the Caveman or Paleo-style diets which encourage consumption primarily of natural, organic, sustainably harvested and butchered local, seasonal meats and vegetables as the bulk of what you should eat. When you significantly lower your intake of sugar, in the form of carbs and sweets, you slow down the glycation process, which bends your proteins in a way that degenerates your brain. Glycation oxidizes your system and causes tissue destruction and eventually cell death. “Oxidative stress is directly related to brain degeneration. Studies show that damage to lipids, proteins, DNA, and RNA by free radicals happens early in the journey to cognitive impairment. You have to diminish the availability of sugar (carbs turn into sugar) to reduce the oxidative stress and free radicals harming your brain.”
Carbs Cause High Cholesterol
Dr. Perlmutter says that “cholesterol is at most a minor player in coronary heart disease and represents an extremely poor predictor of heart attack risk.” He says that, one-fifth of the brain is cholesterol. Thus, taking statins creates memory loss and dementia and are not good for you at all. He posits that the belief that high cholesterol exacerbates heart attack is both outmoded and merely the concoction of big pharma to sell you a pill. You can read the details in Grain Brain, but the bottom line is that if you eat a lot of carbs and you take a statin to lower your cholesterol, “you incite a steady and punishing overproduction of cholesterol in the body.” The only way to stop this is to eat healthy foods rich in dietary cholesterol (like eggs!) and cut way back on carbs.
It’s not just your brain that needs cholesterol to keep your cell membranes together so they can jump across the synapse; to coat the myelin around neurons, to serve as an antioxidant, to digest fats, and to balance your electrolytes. Cholesterol also provides the precursor to your hormones such as estrogen, androgens and Vitamin D. When you are low on cholesterol, it affects your ability to produce enough testosterone.
One Of The Most Common Reasons For Impotence
Since cholesterol makes testosterone and you need adequate supplies of testosterone, if you are taking a statin and/or eating too much sugar and too many carbohydrates and not enough healthy fats, your libido is suffering. Statins also interfere with the enzymes that create active testosterone.
Without testosterone you cannot get an erection and your libido is depressed. Link this back to eating enough foods that deliver cholesterol to your brain and body while decreasing the amount of sugar and carbs you ingest. Here is a link to a video called, Testosterone Rewind. It’s a natural alternative you can do without using a prescription testosterone cream, patch or injections.
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“One study that came out in the UK in 2010 looked at 930 men with coronary heart disease and measured their testosterone levels. Low testosterone was found in 24 percent of the patients, and the risk of dying was 12 percent in those with normal testosterone but 21 percent in those with low testosterone. The conclusion was staring them in the face: If you have coronary disease and low testosterone, you’re at much greater risk of dying. So again we are giving statin medications to lower cholesterol, which lowers testosterone. . . and lower testosterone increases the risk of dying. Is this crazy or what?” — Dr. David Perlmutter, neurologist and author of Grain Brain
There’s a four week plan of action at the end of the book that includes recommended tests, such as fasting blood glucose, C-reactive protein and gluten sensitivity, along with supplements to repair damage, and a diet plan that shows you how to eat the right balance of lean meats, vegetables and fruits.
Inflammation, caused by carbs, especially carbs that come from gluten or are high in sugar are the culprit for all degenerative conditions. And the decay starts before you even know it. That candy and cake you’re eating today may well cause dementia, depression, anxiety, decreased libido and much more.