After their first introduction on the market in1987, statins, prescribed medications to lower cholesterol, have make billion each year. However, they have also made headlines concerning their side effects.
Statins are prescribed to decrease the chances of a coronary event by as much as 30%. However the last news show also that statins increase diabetes as much as 22%; therefore increasing risks of cardiovascular disorders.
A study released May 23rd, 2013 show that treatments with high potency statins; especially atorvastatin and simvastatin, may increase the risk of developing diabetes. In April 10th, 2013, similar concerns were published in Science daily.
- Atorvastatin may increase your chance to develop diabetes up to 22%.
- Rosuvastatin shows an 18% augmentation risk.
- Simvastatin demonstrated a 10% danger increase.
Impaired insulin secretion and inhibited insulin release were demonstrated during the study. Older patients are at an increased risk, regardless of dose for atorvastatin and simvastatin or whether therapy is used for primary or secondary prevention.
Up to 75 per cent of the physically active patients undergoing treatment for high cholesterol experience pain. Statin treatment affects the energy production in muscles. The drugs reduce levels of coenzyme Q10.
- Adding coenzyme Q10 may lessen the damages caused by statins. Coenzyme Q10 is needed in cells to help create energy and perform other important functions.
As early as 2008, in the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a study mentioned that statins raised eye disorders.
In August 7th, 2012, a study published in Science daily showed that patients using cholesterol-lowering statin drugs were at higher risk of developing age-related cataracts.
Statins are the most worldwide class of prescribed drugs to lower bad cholesterol. Statins are prescribed to reduce cardiovascular events. In 2012, the American college of cardiology recommended that statin therapy should not be changed despite the FDA warnings.
Worldwide sale is approximately of $300 billion per year. People from industrialized countries suffer higher levels of heart attacks, stroke, etc.
Statins and side effects.
Controversies continue concerning statin therapy.
- As early as 1987, neurocognitive adverse side effects have been related to statins. Symptoms were short and long term memory loss, behavioral changes, anxiety and paranoia, reduced concentration.
- Liver disorders.
- Muscle damages.
- Eye disorders even cataract.
- Type II diabetes mellitus increased have been recorded.
The American college of cardiology recommended that statin therapy should not be changed despite the FDA warnings.
Statins and medical doctors.
Doctors often do not give accurate scientific information that can help people make informed and intelligent choices concerning their cholesterol, statins therapy, long-term diet and exercise.
Doctors believe that
- ‘Taking statins drug is easy and most patients will comply’. They have been given guidelines from higher ups. Most are reluctant to recommend other options such as alternative and complementary methods. They have been trained and are paid to push prescribed pharmacological products.
The loss of human contact.
Health care insurance, machines, cell phones, computer and financial gains are too often interconnected. Most of these things do not connect doctor and patient. Often Patients find themselves alone. Unable to communicate with their doctor, the government and how to effectively use prescribed medicine. Most Physicians spend a mere fifteen minutes with their patients.
Diet and lifestyle changes.
People from industrialized countries suffer higher levels of heart attacks, stroke, etc. Wrong foods and sedentary lifestyle increase higher oxidative stress. A Long term intensive and the proper diet and exercise should be able to reduce significantly cholesterol in most patients. Low fat vegetarian diet and exercise have shown to lessen cardiovascular disorders.