Study: Statins DON’T Lower Cholesterol but INCREASE Cancer and Memory Loss Risk
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in America, and many doctors say high cholesterol is a major risk factor in heart health. As a result, many Americans take cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Unfortunately, one of the most popular type of cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, may be not only ineffective in reducing heart attack risk, but may also be linked to cancer and other unpleasant side effects.
Cholesterol And The Body
Cholesterol is carried through the body by special proteins called lipoproteins, made in the liver. Both low-density (LDL) and high-density (HDL) lipoproteins carry cholesterol; as Kris Kresser notes, we can think of lipoproteins as taxis on our bloodstream highway, and cholesterol and fats as the passengers. Scientists now know that the number of passengers matter less than the taxi concentration - that is, LDL levels are more important than previously realized.
Statins address the number of passengers (by reducing cholesterol production), but don't address LDL levens, which is a problem.
What Are Statins?
Statis decrease cholesterol production. As such, they've proven effective in reducing heart attacks and deaths in people with pre-existing heart disease. Unfortunately, however, there's no evidence that they work for individuals without pre-existing heart disease.
A 5-year study conducted by Dr. David Newman found the following for statin use in people with no known heart disease (**):
- None were helped (life saved)
- 10% (1 in 10) were harmed by muscle damage
- 1.6% (1 in 60) were helped by preventing a heart attack
- 0.4% (1 in 268) were helped by preventing a stroke
- 1.5% (1 in 67) were harmed by developing diabetes
Other negative side effects included rash, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, memory loss, high blood sugar (and increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes).
Statins are also associated with more serious side effects such as myositis and rhabdomyolysis, which are conditions that cause inflammation of the muscles and can lead to serious muscle damage. Rhabdomyolysis can also cause damage to the kidneys which can result in kidney failure or even death. Several studies also linked statins to a higher risk of cancer.
At the end of the day, though, heart disease is a complex and a multifactorial process. The likelihood that you will have a heart attack depends on numerous factors, including genetics, diet, lifestyle and living environment. It’s important to work with your doctor to identify if statins are the right choice for you, and take matters into your own hands when it comes to improving your diet and lifestyle habits.
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