Cholesterol Lowering Medications and Gluten – What you should know

Gluten can cause an elevation in cholesterol levels leading to the prescription of a class of drugs known as statins.  Common examples include Zocor, Lipitor, and Crestor.  Unfortunately, these medications can contribute to a variety of health problems.  The following video discusses what you should know…

Why Using Cholesterol Drugs Will Never Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease…

The medications used to lower cholesterol cause nutritional problems that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.  In essence, medicating cholesterol is an exercise in futility.  Consider the diagram below:

cholesterol drugs scam

Natural Options to Reduce Heart Disease Risk

  1. Take 2-3 grams per day of omega 3 fatty acids.  You can also get these essential fats from grass fed beef, cold water fish, and chia, and flax seeds.  These fats help to regulate the thickness of your blood and they also help your body regulate excessive inflammation.  Additionally, they have been shown to elevate HDL (good cholesterol) and reduce triglycerides (fat in your bloodstream).
  2. EXERCISE – research shows that as little as 10 minutes of exercise per day can increase muscle tone, help with weight loss, and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and many other chronic degenerative disease.  For an easy to follow 10 minute home workout plan, go here <<<
  3. Consider the use of Niacin (otherwise known as vitamin B3).  This B vitamin is more effective than any drug at reducing heart disease risk.  It works so well, pharmaceutical companies created a prescription version of it.  The down fall to using high doses of vitamin B3 is the “Flush” effect.  This at higher levels this vitamin will flush the skin and creating a warming sensation over the body.  Many people find it uncomfortable.
  4. Stop Eating all grains.  The TRUE gluten free diet is the best plan to get this done.  If you aren’t familiar with it, I encourage you to check out the Glutenology Health Matrix to get started.


Gluten is a common cause of high cholesterol

In my clinic, I commonly see patients with high cholesterol.  Going gluten free for many of them leads to dramatic reductions.  I have seen 100 point drops in some patients.  The irony in this is that many doctors and nutritionists will recommend whole grain as a treatment recommendation.  You see the same recommendations coming from the TV.  Honey Nut Cheerios, Shredded Wheat, etc – all being pushed to help drop cholesterol levels.  It is estimated that anywhere between 3-30% of the U.S. population has a problem with gluten sensitivity.  It would be appropriate for health care providers to take note and demand a change in the generic recommendations being given.  It would also be prudent for the government to take note and make drastic changes in the food guide pyramid, as it is the tool being used to teach our children about proper nutrition.

Learn about the high cholesterol myth here <<<

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14 responses on “Gluten and High Cholesterol

  1. Margaret Harburn says:

    I went to a health/weight loss course last week and the woman running the course had never heard of CORN being a problem for celiac patients. They actually recommend corn as a replacement for other grains containing gluten. Well maybe they need to do as much research as the common person.

  2. Jessica Hand says:

    What in the world are we suppossed to eat ,?then,even glutenfree products come in containers.

  3. Natalie says:

    Hi! and what about the ELISA/ACT test is it reliable??

    Thank you for any input!

  4. Diane Hintz says:

    I would like to know if anyone else has gone gluten free and had their LDL cholesterol go down. I exercise every day, my HDL and triglycerides are great, but my LDL is very high at 196. I have tried everything and just started last week on gluten free. I am really hoping this will be the answer for my high LDL.

  5. Margaret Hovden says:

    Diane, I went gluten/lactose free this past May. My triglycirides have gone, my good cholesterol up and my bad cholesterol down. I do take 10 mg of Pravastatin daily. However, this is probabley the 8tholesterol drug I have tried. None of the others worked. Before going GF/LF I had digestive issues and do not believe I digested my medication properly. I feel confident the combination of both lowered my bad & increased my good. Going GF/LF has made a remarkable difference in my overall health. Sinus issues decreasing, nasal polyps shrinking, do not need my inhaler for Asthma near as much as before. Positive change.

  6. Harvey says:

    Lescol and Pravachol (Margaret’s choice above) seem to have less effect on muscles than other statins. CoQ10 supplementation with statins has mixed results, but it can’t hurt. Margaret’s symptoms mimic mine (ultra high triglycerides, nasal polyp surgery #2 after 20 years). Going to try Gluten free. Thanks.

  7. Susan W says:

    I love this:
    ==> raises blood pressure ==> causes muscle weakness ==> that leads to muscle pain ==> that prevents exercise ==> and leads to weight gain and elevations in cholesterol.
    however, we need to add:
    statins ===>decrease cholesterol===> decreased testosterone levels==>decreased lean muscle mass and increased obesity
    statins.===>decreased testosterone levels==>increased insulin resistance===> higher glucose levels===>higher risk of Diabetes

  8. Lori Brock says:

    Dr Osborne,

    I have tried to manage pain for years now and want to know that on those days that you have to take some medication for pain just to make it , what pain medicine is the least damaging ?

    Lori Brock

  9. […] of the other major factors impacting the bodies ability to produce testosterone is the use of cholesterol medications.  Cholesterol is the ingredient necessary for the body to be able to synthesize testosterone.  […]

  10. […] of the other major factors impacting the bodies ability to produce testosterone is the use of cholesterol medications.  Cholesterol is the ingredient necessary for the body to be able to synthesize testosterone.  […]

  11. Jer says:

    I’m gluten sensitive and always had cholesterol on the low end of normal. Last time on gluten it was 131. Two years after going gluten free (note I reduced grains overall as well as giving up gluten — also gave up dairy and ate more healthy meat and veggies) it was 165. Now I read that some doctors think that under 150 is too low. (Read that low cholesterol can keep you from absorbing enough nutrients.)

    So I think going off gluten raised my cholesterol but in my case it looks like it was a good thing.

    Any research on this?

    • Going gluten free doesn’t necessarily raise cholesterol. Often times those going gluten free increase their intake of animal and plant based saturated fats. This can contribute to an increase in cholesterol.
      Dr. Osborne

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