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As our society becomes more health-conscious, we are constantly bombarded with new information about what we should and shouldn’t be consuming. Two topics that have been in the spotlight recently are sweeteners and statins, both of which play a significant role in our diets and overall health.

On one hand, artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes have become increasingly popular as people look for ways to reduce their sugar intake. There is still some debate over whether these sweeteners are better for us than regular sugar. Some studies have suggested that consuming too many artificial sweeteners can actually lead to weight gain and other health issues.

On the other hand, statins have been touted as a miracle drug for those with high cholesterol. These medications work by blocking an enzyme in the liver that produces cholesterol, thereby lowering overall cholesterol levels in the body. Unfortunately, while they can be very effective, statins do come with some potential side effects, including muscle pain and possibly even liver damage.

And what about the cost of these medications? It’s no secret that healthcare costs in the United States are skyrocketing, and prescription medications are no exception. In fact, some of the most expensive prescription drugs on the market today are cholesterol-lowering medications like statins.

So we throw our hands up because CLEARLY, these companies are trying to kill us.


As with nearly everything, the truth is more complicated than that.

Replacing large amounts of sugar with sugar substitutes is almost certainly going to be a net positive to your health, despite the potential long-term side effects. Of course, eliminating foods sweetened beyond the average fruit would be the best solution, but most people aren’t interested in that solution!

Similarly, controlling cholesterol from early adulthood on through diet, exercise, sleep, and all the rest would be the BEST solution… but if that ship has sailed, statins will actually help most people to live longer. Do they have trade offs? Of course. Everything does. There simply isn’t a perfect solution.

But now the million dollar question: Should *I* be using these things?

That’s a decision everyone needs to make for themselves. It’s important to do your research and talk to your healthcare provider before making any decisions about your diet or medication regimen. Everyone’s health situation is different. Combinations of past habits, lifestyle, disease states, age, and a million other factors mean everyone needs to weigh both the potential side effects against the benefits.

At the end of the day, your health is your most valuable asset. By staying informed and making wise choices about your diet and medications, you can take control of your health and live the best life possible. Every single one of us has room to improve. Don’t put it off. Take action TODAY!

And if you want to hear our discussions about these topics, check out episodes 5 and 7 of Generation Health!