People who suffer from high levels of bad cholesterol are prescribed statins because it reduces the risk of having heart issues and lowers the levels of bad cholesterol.
But, a study concluded that statins do more harm than good. People who take statin drugs, they usually take Zocor, Lipitor, and Crestor. In 2014, $374 billion were spent on prescription drug only in the United States.
A study conducted by The American Journal of Physiology, states that statins affect other biologic properties of stem cells provides a new explanation for their adverse clinical effects. So, the study states that such adverse effects include advancing the process of aging and also shows that long-term use of statins has been related to adverse effects including an increased risk of diabetes, neurotically side effects and myopathy. Myopathy is skeletal muscle weakness.
Statins make cells unable to repair properly, destroy memory and create nerve problems
According to the study, many health problems are a result of consuming statins. People who do take statins usually report having loss of memory, liver damage, muscle pain, cataracts, and fatigue. It has been proven that statins mess with cells whose main purpose is to reproduce and the process of body repair is blocked. A cell biologist and lead author of the published study, Professor Reza Izadpanah, claims that statins may speed up the aging process. According to him, people who use these drugs as a preventative medicine should think twice, because the study proved that they may have general unwanted effects on the body which include joints problems, nerve problems, and muscle pain.
Despite health problems associated with statin drugs, FDA says that people shouldn’t be scared of them
While our FDA expresses on its online site that problems with memory loss, confusion, and forgetfulness, has been reported by some statin users and that patients being treated with statins may have an increased risk of developing diabetes Type 2 and raised blood sugar levels, they also maintain its effectiveness and safety.
Amy G. Egan, M.D., M.P.H., who is the assistant director for safety in the FDA’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products says that this new information should not scare people. She adds that statins benefit is indisputable, but people need to take care of their side effects.
Now, you probably ask yourself what’s so great and healthy about memory loss, muscles weakness and accelerated aging.
Evaluation of prescription drugs and older studies that tout their benefits…
These results have opened up the importance of researching the benefits of prescription drugs. Patients will continue to consume them, but they should be well-informed about their side effects.
A few years ago, there was a similar study about the antidepressant “Paxil”, but a re-analysis of an original study had shown inadequate information and errors. A professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, Brian Nosek, says that signals that the community is waking up, checking its work and doing what science is supposed to do a self-correct.