If you are a patient who suffers from high levels of the so called “bad” cholesterol, then you have probably been prescribed with Statins, medicament that reduces the health issues related to heart diseases and lowers the level of the harmful cholesterol.
However, recent research proved that statins can be the cause for many other health related issues than they can treat. Crestor, Lipitor, and Zocor are just few in the range of most administered medicaments by the people suffering from high levels of “bad” cholesterol. People in the United Stated during the course of 2014 have spent $374 billion, and this statistics on prescription drugs spending has not been the case since 2001. Large amount of the money spent for prescribed medicaments are for the statins, but those who administer such drugs should think twice before they administer this drugs again, not only for their budget, but, instead, for their health.
A recent study conducted by the American Journal of Physiology states the following: “…impact on other biologic properties of stem cells provides a novel explanation for their adverse clinical effects”. Or, let’s put it in other words, the study concludes that the side effects just advance “the aging process”, and furthermore, the study reads that “…long-term use of statins has been associated with adverse effects including myopathy (skeletal muscle weakness), neurological side effects and an increased risk of diabetes”.
Statins make cells unable to repair properly, create nerve problems and destroy memory
Within the study, experts suggest that the statins related health issues have been minimized throughout the past few years. Cataracts, fatigue, loss of memory, muscle pain, and liver damage have been reported to be suffered by the patients administering statins. Drugs such as statins are known to mess with the cells. This is so in a way that their main function is reproduction, and the body repair process is blocked. The stem cell biologist and lead author of the said study, Professor Reza Izadpanah says: “Our study shows statins may speed up the aging process. People who use statins as a preventive medicine for [health] should think again as our research shows they may have general side effects on the body which could include muscle pain, nerve problems and joint problem.”
However, FDA stated that people should not be afraid to administer the statins despite the health related issues referred to statins drugs.
FDA web site states the following: “Cognitive (brain-related) impairment, such as memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion, has been reported by some statin users”, and that “People being treated with statins may have an increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes,” but, however, they still consider their effectiveness and safety.
People’s attention is directed by the web site to the statement by the Deputy Safety Director within the FDA’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products (DMEP), Amy G. Egan, M.D., M.P.H. and she states the following: “This new information should not scare people off statins. Their benefit is indisputable, but they need to be taken with care and knowledge of their side effects.”
But afore mentioned study just adds to the dispute about statins administration. Is there anything good and beneficial in advanced aging process, or memory loss, or improper functioning cells, or muscle weakness???
The need to continually assess prescription drugs and older studies that tout their benefits…
The significance of researching the prescribed drugs benefits has been arose by this findings, and hopefully people will further do that in order to stay up-to-date with the latest information and in best shape. Similar study concerning adolescent antidepressant “Paxil” has also raised interest at many people with the re-analysis of an original study thus showing the incompleteness of information and brought to light all the errors. However, in reality this drug was found to be safe and effective for the demographic recommended. The Professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, Brian Nosek states “signals that the community is waking up, checking its work and doing what science is supposed to do — self-correct”.