Tens of millions of Americans are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs—mostly statins—and some "experts" claim that many millions more should be taking them. I couldn't disagree more.
Statins are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, that is, they act by blocking the enzyme in your liver that is responsible for making cholesterol (HMG-CoA reductase).
The fact that statin drugs cause side effects is well established—there are now 900 studies proving their adverse effects, which run the gamut from muscle problems to increased cancer risk.
Statins cause numerous side effects that include:
Muscle problems, polyneuropathy (nerve damage in the hands and feet), and rhabdomyolysis (a serious degenerative muscle tissue condition); Acidosis; Immune depression; Anemia; Memory loss; Pancreas or liver dysfunction, including a potential increase in liver enzymes; Cataracts and Sexual dysfunction to name a few.
There is evidence that taking statins may even increase your risk for Lou Gehrig's disease, diabetes and even cancer. However, muscle problems and memory loss are the best known statin drug adverse side effects.
Statin drugs increase insulin resistance, which can be extremely harmful to your health. Tune in Wednesday Aug 15, 2012 at 7:PM est for more.
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