Statins, Are You on Them?
By: Bruce Brightman - LifeSource Vitamins
This topic really hits home with me, as I have had the first-hand
experience with family members and friends just what these are doing to us
as a population.
A New Study Reveals What Happens When Patients Complain of Statin Side
Effects to Their Doctors.
#1: I have taken Lipitor for several years. I now notice numbness in my
feet and sporadic memory loss, difficulty balancing my checkbook and using
the computer. I have a Ph.D., so this is alarming. My doctor says Lipitor
is not to blame. My cholesterol is great and not to stop. Is there any
evidence that Lipitor could be connected to these symptoms?
#2: I have been on cholesterol-lowering medication for some time. I had
been telling my doctor that my medication was doing something to my muscles
and he would not believe me. I changed doctors and the new one discovered
that my muscles enzymes were 800 (normal is 200). He took me off the
medication and my enzymes came down. When I went on a different statin,
they climbed back up again.
#3: My doctor insists I must take statins to lower my cholesterol even
though I experience pain with all of them. Sometimes the pain gets so bad
that I struggle not to cry when I walk down the hall of my child's school.
My doctor says I should accept "a little discomfort. My doctor says this
pain is rare but I know a lot of people who have had the same muscle pain.
It has been proven that statins can cause numbness in the limbs,
cognitive and memory problems, muscle pain and severe muscle injury.
Nevertheless, many doctors still insist that statins do not cause side
effects. So why would your doctor say that is cannot be from the
A research team at the University of California, San Diego, undertook an
investigation of doctors' behavior when dealing with patients who
complaints of statin side effects. When patients provided good descriptions
of their symptoms, did doctors acknowledge the possibility of statin side
effects and assist the patients accordingly? Did doctors submit reports to
the FDA? Led by Dr. Beatrice Golomb, the researchers published their
results in August 2007.
The researchers focused on three types of side effects commonly caused by
statins. The first type involved muscle pain, tightness, cramping, or
weakness. In private consultations, patients described their symptoms to
138 doctors. According to the patients, fifty-three doctors (38%)
acknowledged the possibility of statin side effect. Eighty-five doctors
(62%) dismissed the possibility.
Patients presented symptoms of cognitive disorders, including impaired
memory or thinking, to 56 doctors. Sixteen doctors (29%) acknowledged the
possibility of a statin side effect. Forty doctors (71%) dismissed the
Patients presented symptoms of nerve injuries (neuropathies) including
pain, weakness, or loss of function to 49 doctors. Seventeen doctors (35%)
acknowledged the possibility of a statin side effect. Thirty-two doctors
(65%) dismissed the possibility.
One might ask whether the doctors received enough information to make a
connection between the statins and the side effects. In preparation for
their consultations with the doctors, patients received materials to help
them provide ample descriptions to the doctors. Indeed, separate analysis
of patients' symptoms determined that nearly 80% of the cases met the
scientific criteria for a definite or probable drug reaction.
After the interviews with the doctors, patients described their doctors'
attitudes about their symptoms. Many doctors attributed patients' symptoms
to age or imagination. Some flatly denied that statins caused any side
effects or that statins caused these specific side effects. Yet practicing
cardiologists know that muscle symptoms occur in about 35% of statin users,
even though the drug companies' claim an incidence is only 5%.
Some doctors in the study denied that statins caused nerve injuries, yet it
has been shown unequivocally that patients taking statins are 16 times more
likely to develop nerve injuries than similar persons receiving no
Overall, these results demonstrate that according to patients' reports,
nearly two-thirds of the doctors in this study failed to diagnose obvious
statin-related adverse effects. These findings are disturbing because they
indicate a very poor level of medical care among doctors prescribing statin
medications. The implications for patients are alarming.
On a broader scale, doctors' refusal to make an obvious diagnosis of statin
side effects suggests that these same doctors would not submit a report to
the FDA. The FDA Medwatch system is our primary means of identifying
dangerous drugs and taking proper remedial steps. Medwatch relies mainly on
reports submitted by doctors to indicate whether a drug is safe or harmful.
This study provides strong evidence that with statin side effects, the
number of reports received by Medwatch represents a gross underestimate of
the scope of the problem. This is simply horrible news for us, the
Some know side effects as stated by the Mayo Clinic:
Muscle pain and damage
Rush or flushing
Increased blood sugar, type II Diabetes
Neurological side effects… Memory loss or confusion.
Are There Side Effects of Statin Drugs as stated by WebMD?
Most people who take statin drugs tolerate them very well. But some people
experience side effects.
The most common statin side effects include:
Flushing of the skin
- Muscle aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia)
Nausea and/or vomiting
Abdominal cramping and/or pain
Bloating and/or gas
Statins also carry warnings that memory loss, mental confusion, high blood
sugar, and type 2 diabetes are possible side effects. It's important to
remember that statins may also interact with other medications you take.
Who's at risk of developing statin side effects as stated by the Mayo
Not everyone who takes a statin will have side effects, but some people may
be at a greater risk than are others. Risk factors include:
Taking multiple medications to lower your cholesterol
Having a smaller body frame
Being age 65 or older
Having kidney or liver disease
Having type 1 or 2 diabetes
Drinking too much alcohol (More than two drinks a day for men age 65
and younger and more than one drink a day for women of all ages and men
older than 65), so basically all men and women who have one or more
drinks a day.
There are supplements that will help you lower your cholesterol levels
and have no side effects. Red Yeast Rice w/ CoQ10, our Proprietary
Cholesterol Support Tabs, Beta-Sitosterol, Omega 3's, Psyllium Husk,
Curcumin-Turmeric, and a few others…
If you are taking a statin drug and you encounter any of these symptoms
or any other symptoms that might be a side effect, research it yourself
before you go to your doctor. If the doctor is more concerned about
defending the drug than helping you, find another doctor. Trust
me, finding another doctor could save your life!
In Summary of all studies combined, for those who took the statin for 5
Benefits in Percentage
96% saw no benefit
1.2% were helped by being saved from death
2.6% were helped by preventing a repeat heart attack
0.8% were helped by preventing a stroke
Harms in Percentage
2% were harmed by developing diabetes
10% were harmed by muscle damage
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