Statin drugs such as Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor are commonly prescribed to patients with high levels of cholesterol. Doctors prescribe statins to patients so that they can help them to lower the harmful levels of cholesterol, and also lower the risk of heart concerns.
However, it has been revealed by a recent study that statins can make more damage than good to the body. Nevertheless, statins are widely taken by many people, in fact Americans in 2014 spent $374 billion on these prescribed drugs, which was the ultimate spending level ever since 2001.
Even though statins are very expensive that would be the least worry of the people who take them because there are other worrisome findings by the American Journal of Physiology. Namely, team of experts carried out a study which reported that statins impact on other biologic properties of the stem cells, which explains their negative clinical effects.
Furthermore, it was revealed that the use of statins speeds up the aging process, and their long-term use was related to the neurological side-effects, increased risk of diabetes, and myopathy referring to skeletal muscle weakness. Plus, persons who regularly take statins often report memory loss, muscle pains, cataracts, liver damage and fatigue.
Statins hinder the repair of cells, cause nerve issues and harm the memory
The experts of this study maintain that there is an attempt to minimize the negative effects of the use of statins. But, it has been proven that these drugs hamper the primary functions of cells like reproducing, which means that the process of repairing of the body is hindered. According to Professor Reza Izadpanah, the lead author of the study and a stem cell biologist, statins may advance the process of aging.
Persons that use statins as preventive medicines should be extra careful regarding their use as per this newly performed research they may trigger nerve problems, joint issues, and muscle pains.
Nevertheless, the FDA maintains that people should continue their use although this is written in their online website: “… cognitive, or brain-related, issues like memory lapse, confusion and amnesia have been reported by some people taking statins and that individuals who are treated with statins might have a raised risk of increased levels of sugar in the blood, as well as the development of type 2 diabetes…”, but still FDA claims that stains are efficient and safe for use.
On this website Amy G. Egan, M.D., M.P.H., who is the deputy director for safety in the DMEP, or the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products, of the FDA points that this brand-new information should not turn away people from the use of statins. The benefits statins provide are indisputable; however they need to be taken with care and knowledge of their negative effects.
Despite these new findings there is always the need to reassess the use of prescription drugs as in that way all the flaws of their use will reappear. Something like this happened to the teen antidepressant “Paxil”, which after the made re-analysis of a primary study it was revealed that there are incomplete information from the first study and showed all its errors. Regarding this issue, the psychology professor at the University of Virginia, Brian Nosek, states the following: “indications that the community is waking up, inspecting its work and doing what science is expected to do – self-correct.”
Conclusively, we should be always very aware of the drugs we use, no matter if they are approved by the FDA. Likewise, we need to know all the side effects that they can bring as our health is concerned and we should do everything that it is in our power to protect it and save it.