statin risks

  1. Feeling tired? Could be your statin

    Statins cause fatigue

    Tired, and can't figure out why?

    It might not be your diet, your age, or even your sleep habits. It could be your drugs instead.

    Fatigue is a common side effect of any number of meds, and a new study finds one class of drugs that dramatically up the odds of the condition in women.

    And they're the drugs being given out to practically everyone.

    Alarming new numbers show that fatigue can slam up to 40 percent of women who take cholesterol-lowering statin medications -- and that for 10 percent of women, their energy levels sink to such lows that they rated themselves as "much worse" after taking the drugs.

    That was the lowest possible rating they could have used in the six-month study, which compared simvastatin (aka Zocor) and pravastatin (aka Pravachol) to a placebo.

    The researchers say both drugs increased the risk of fatigue, but the effect was much more noticeable among the women who took simvastatin.

    But I don't think you need to pick one drug over the other based on how they might affect your energy levels -- because you don't need either, or any other statin for that matter.

    These widely used meds are far more dangerous than most people realize, and even patients who've taken them for years can suddenly find themselves battling side effects out of the blue.

    One recent warning from the feds confirmed that statins can cause diabetes as well as memory loss and confusion. We also know that these drugs as a class can raise the risk of severe muscle pain, kidney and liver problems, cataracts, and have even been linked to sexual dysfunction.

    There are so many side effects that even many of the doctors I know who once stood by them are now trying to get their patients off them.

    Fortunately, I've never prescribed them in the first place, because there are much safer and far more effective ways to bring your cholesterol levels down to where they need to be.

    Start with the basics, diet and exercise -- and if you succeed with those lifestyle changes, your cholesterol levels will come down to where they should be and you'll feel more energetic than you have in years.

    And for more on natural cholesterol control, subscribe to my printed newsletter, Health Revelations.

  2. Needless statins put you at risk for diabetes and more

    New push to give everyone statins

    Your LDL levels are normal... you have no sign of heart disease... and not even a family history that might boost your risk.

    But your doctor wants you to take cholesterol-lowering statin meds anyway.

    Why?

    There's a massive push underway to give these drugs to just about everyone with a pulse -- like the new study in Lancet that claims literally everyone over 50 ...even the healthiest of us...should take statins.

    But let me show you just how insane that is.

    Researchers claim their analysis of data from 27 clinical trials shows that every 1 point reduction in levels of LDL cholesterol -- the so-called "bad" cholesterol -- cuts the risk of serious adverse events like heart attack and stroke by 21 percent in patients with no sign of heart disease.

    That might sound big, but that's an old trick.

    The absolute numbers are so small you'd barely notice them -- because people with no sign of heart disease have a very small risk to begin with. But when you express it as a percentage, you can make it sound a whole lot bigger.

    Here's the real-world numbers: The researchers admit you'd have to put 1,000 people on statins for five years to prevent just 11 heart events.

    That's it.

    Not impressed? Me neither -- but hold on, because this gets even worse.

    We know from other studies that statin users risk of diabetes increases by up to 60 percent!

    In addition, up to 150 of those 1,000 patients will experience muscle pain that in some cases will be severe and even debilitating.

    Statins can also cause cataracts, sexual dysfunction, memory problems, and more. And there's even evidence that bringing cholesterol levels down too low ¬-- as statins are known to do -- can cause cancer.

    There are much better ways to bring your cholesterol levels down, starting with basic changes to your diet and a little more exercise. In addition, a holistic doctor can guide you toward the safe and natural treatments that can also help. In fact, we help people slash their cardiovascular risk in my clinic every day.

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