risks of statins

  1. Statin side effects cause sprains, strains and dislocations

    New muscle risk linked to statin drugs

    The best thing for your heart isn't a drug, least of all the cholesterol-lowering statin meds most mainstream docs are pushing on everyone these days.

    It's plain old blood-pumping, sweat-producing exercise -- and even the doctors who prescribe drugs such as statins will tell you as much.

    Of course, they'll tell you to do both -- take the statin, and get some exercise. What they won't tell you is that the statin side effects can actually make it difficult or even impossible to engage in any kind of healthy physical activity at all.

    That's because the statin side effects can leave you battling crippling pain, as new research finds these medications can increase your risk of strains, sprains and even dislocations.

    The study of 14,000 active-duty American soldiers and veterans finds statins such as simvastatin (Zocor) and atorvastatin (Lipitor) can increase the risk of serious musculoskeletal problems by 19 percent.

    The most common injuries were the strains, sprains and dislocations I just mentioned, and your own risk of getting one of those three injuries will jump by 13 percent while on statins, according to the study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

    The problem here, of course, is that the study focused on people who are already active -- servicemen and women. Many of them are fit and should be less likely to battle those injuries in the first place.

    Out in the rest of the world, in people who aren't nearly as active, that injury risk could be even higher.

    And that's not the only way statins side effects can block your ability to exercise. If you know anyone who's taken these meds -- or if you've taken them yourself -- then you might know firsthand about one of the most common risks.

    It's muscle pain, and not just the ordinary grin-and-bear-it aches that come with life. It's real and lasting pain -- and in some cases, it can be debilitating and even crippling.

    But even if you manage to avoid the muscle pain… even if you don't get bitten by the injury bug and get laid up with a sprain, strain or dislocation… even if you take a statin and get all the exercise you think you need and then some… the drugs could still be undermining you.

    As I told you just a few weeks ago, statins side effects can actually wipe out many of the benefits of exercise -- and people who take them show little to no gain in overall aerobic fitness and no improvements in muscle energy.

    You can read more about this stunning study right here.

    And let's not forget about the other risks of statin drugs, including diabetes, memory loss and sexual dysfunction, as well as liver and kidney damage.

    It's just not worth it. And the reality is, you don't have to take those drugs anyway -- because most people don't even need them in the first place.

    Despite what you've been told, "high" cholesterol often isn't high at all. In many cases, it's just right -- because mainstream targets for cholesterol are actually set far too low.

    And when cholesterol levels fall too far, you face risks in everything from your muscle to your brain to your immune system -- all of which rely on cholesterol.

    I had the full story on the benefits of cholesterol just a couple of months ago, and you can read it for free right here in my online archives.

    PS: I've got more to tell you about cholesterol -- including some factors even more important than cholesterol numbers, such as LDL oxidation and particle size. If you're a subscriber to my printed newsletter Health Revelations, use the password in your current issue to dig into my online archives for the full story in the May and June 2012 issues.

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  2. Statins can't cut clot risk

    Don't take cholesterol meds to prevent blood clots

    Statins aren't even the best way to accomplish the main thing they're approved for, and that's lower cholesterol levels -- so I certainly wouldn't trust them with anything even more important.

    Yet these meds are touted for everything from heart protection to cancer prevention, and some people even take them because they believe the drugs will lower the risk of a blood clot.

    But if you're at risk for this potentially deadly condition, the last thing you want to do is put your faith in a statin.

    One new look at data on some 100,000 patients who took part in one of 29 published and unpublished trials finds absolutely no difference in clot risk between those who took the meds and those who didn't.

    None.

    The only "study" to find a clot benefit was the one that isn't worth anything despite all the attention it gets -- the 2009 JUPITER trial, which had more conflicts than I can list here and found that statins can increase the risk of diabetes.

    The study was funded by a statin maker and cut off years too early, pretty much as soon as they got the positive results they were looking for.

    What's more, the study used healthy patients -- patients who by definition aren't even at risk of a clot in the first place, which is why just 94 of the 17,800 patients in the trial developed one.

    That's simply not enough people to draw any conclusions from, and I'd question any doctor who uses the JUPITER trial to push statins for any reason at all.

    But that doesn't mean you're powerless to prevent clots.

    The condition is often caused by high blood levels of the protein fibrinogen. Lower those levels, and you can lower your risk -- and if you're taking one of the most popular supplements in the world today, you're already one step ahead on this.

    The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can cut fibrinogen levels by as much as 10 percent. The enzyme nattokinase can also help here. And if you want to add a little zip to your meals and boost your heart health at the same time, eat more garlic.

    Garlic can slash fibrinogen, prevent platelets from clumping, and improve overall circulation. The only downside is you might want to stock up on breath mints.

    Also make sure you drink enough water during the day and get regular exercise so your blood doesn't thicken and increase your risk of clots.

    But let me get back to statins here. Like I said earlier, they're not even the best way to lower cholesterol levels. In fact, you're better off with a simple piece of fruit.

    Keep reading to find out more!

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