When a person suffers from high cholesterol levels, then he or she is usually prescribed with statins. Statins should lower the “bad” cholesterol levels, and support heart health.
According to a recent study, it was proven that they are more damaging for our health rather than beneficial. Most commonly prescribed statin drugs are Zocor, Crestor, and Lipitor; which only in the U. S., in 2014, more than $374 billion were spent on them, so they offered pretty high revenue for the pharmaceutical companies.
They are also very expensive, yet, this shouldn’t be the only worry that a consumer should have as they have many negative side effects.
A study released in the American Journal of Physiology, states that statins:“…impact on other biologic properties of stem cells provides a novel explanation for their adverse clinical effects”.
The adverse effects of the use of statins involves speeding up the process of aging and the “…long-term use of statins has been associated with adverse effects including myopathy, neurological side effects and an increased risk of diabetes.”
If you have not heard about myopathy, then you should know that it is a health condition of skeletal muscle weakness.
Patients suffering from high cholesterol who are taking statins reported memory loss, fatigue, muscle pain, liver damage, and cataracts.
Likewise, statins cause great damage to cells since they impede the necessary repair process of the body. This is what the renowned professor Reza Izadpanah, a stem cell biologist and lead author of the published study, states regarding the use of statins, quoting:
“Our study shows statins may speed up the aging process. People who use statins as a preventative medicine for [health] should think again as our research shows they may have general unwanted effects on the body which could include muscle pain, nerve problems, and joint problems.”
Even though it is being reported that statins are connected to multiple adverse effects, FDA still claims that they are safe and effective which is contrary to what their online site states:
“Cognitive (brain-related) impairment, such as memory loss, forgetfulness, and confusion, has been reported by some statin users” and that “People being treated with statins may have an increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes.”
This site also displays the advice of Amy G. Egan, M.D., M.P.H., the deputy director for safety in the FDA’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products (DMEP), who states that:
“This new information should not scare people off statins. Their benefit is indisputable, but they need to be taken with care and knowledge of their side effects.”
Yet, according to numerous recent studies there is a great need for further research on the effects of prescription drugs since their use is related to various side effects.
Furthermore, there was a similar study on the adolescent antidepressant “Paxil” where it was revealed that the drug was not safe and as well as efficient. As a matter of fact, scientists have discovered some flaws in the original study.
Therefore, Brian Nosek, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia states that:“signals that the community is waking up, checking its work and doing what science is supposed to do — self-correct.”
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