High Cholesterol levels are said to be a high indicator for the risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Doctors are quick to prescribe Statin drugs to lower cholesterol. There are different varieties of these drugs. If one doesn't suit you because of the side effects, they will give you another, then another.
Once you are on the statin drug, you will be on it the rest of your life.
Drug companies are very happy to supply you, at your cost.
Recognised Side Effects of Statin Drugs
The Mayo Clinic recognises that there can be many and varied side effects from statin drugs. Some of them are serious.
Muscle pain and damage
The most common statin side effect is muscle pain. This can be soreness, tiredness or weakness in your muscles. The pain varies from mild discomfort to severe. If taken over an extended time, it can affect the muscles of the heart. Liver and kidneys can be affected.
Some people taking a statin may develop nausea, gas, diarrhea or constipation after taking a statin. These side effects are rare.
Rash or Flushing
Some people may experience rash or flushing of the skin.
Increased blood sugar or type 2 diabetes
It's possible your blood sugar (blood glucose) level may increase when you take a statin, which may lead to developing type 2 diabetes. The risk is small but important enough that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on statin labels regarding blood glucose levels and diabetes.
Neurological side effects
The FDA warns on statin labels that some people have developed memory loss or confusion while taking statins.
Who is more at risk?
Risk factors include:
Coenzyme Q10, CoQ10 for short, is an important supplement that protects the muscles of the heart. If you are taking statin drugs, also take CoQ10. Studies show it will protect your heart.
We have a friend who had a heart problem. He was given statin drugs to lower his cholesterol. Ten years later he had lost the muscles in his legs. His heart muscle had also weakened dangerously. He was at great risk. Eventually, after visiting many doctors, en enlightened cardiologist put him on Co Q10. He is still alive after three years.
This short video tells you more about cholesterol.
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