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Many people with bad cholesterol have used presribed drugs called Statins, which were also supposed to reduce the risk of heart problems. However, a study revealed that they destroy human health more than they work to improve it, so as a result of that, they recently come under fire.
These drugs are commonly known under their brand names like Crestor, Zocor and Lipitor. Sadly, many people are using this drugs believing that it will help them to improve their health. In 2014 was the highest level of spending these drugs since 2001, since the number raised up to about $374 billions. Statins undoubtedly made up a significant portion of this spending, and now consumers who take such drugs have much more to worry about than the dent it’s making in their wallets.
American Journal of Physiology published a study which stated that satins: “impact on other biologic properties of stem cells provides a novel explanation for their adverse clinical effects.”. According to the study, such adverse effects include advancing the “process of aging” and also notes that “…long-term use of statins has been associated with adverse effects including myopathy, neurological side effects and an increased risk of diabetes.” Myopathy refers to skeletal muscle weakness.
Statins make cells unable to repair properly, create nerve problems and destroy memory
According to many experts involved in the study, the health problems associated with statins have not been given as much importance as they needed over the years. It is a fact that the people who were taking those pills, eventually developed health problems like muscle pain, fatique, expirienced cataracts, had liver problems and lost their memory. Simply said, the drugs instead of reproducing and helping the body repair which was their primary purpose, they did more harm.
The lead author of the published study, a stem cell biologist, professor Reza Izadpanah says, “ Our study shows statins may speed up the ageing process. People who use statins as a preventative medicine for [health] should think again as our research shows they may have general unwanted effects on the body which could include muscle pain, nerve problems and joint problems.”
Despite health problems linked to statin drugs, FDA says people shouldn’t be scared of them
While the FDA notes on its web site that “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,”the drugs also maintain its safety and effectivness. The FDA tried to direct people’s attention on their site to the advice of Amy G. Egan, M.D.,M.P.H., the deputy director for safety in the FDA’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products (DMEP). She says, “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.”
Indisputable? What on earth can be beneficial about muscle weekness, accelerated aging, cells that don’t properly function and memory loss?
The need to continually assess prescription drugs and older studies that tout their benefits
it is very important to revisit the so-called benefits of any kind of prescription drugs so that the consumer can be fully informed and kept in the best health possible. This study opened people’s eyes and hopefully revisiting of the benefits will continue.
Another simmilar eye-opening study which involved the adolescent antidepressant Paxil made headline when a reanalysis of an original study exposed errors and incomplete information. It was concluded that the drug is not safe and effective for its intended demographic after all. Brian Nosek, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia found this and he said:“signals that the community is waking up, checking its work and doing what science is supposed to do — self-correct.”