Statins are prescribed to patients who suffer from high levels of “bad” cholesterol, as it decreases the harmful levels, and reduces the danger of having heart problems.
Lately, statins have come under fire as a study concluded that they do more harm than good. A lot of people take statin drugs such as Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor. In the United States, prescription drug spending rose to $374 billion in the year 2014 (the highest level of spending since 2001). Statins make up for a substantial portion of spending, and consumers who take these drugs are going to have a lot to worry over than the damage to their wallets.
The American Journal of Physiology, performed a study that states that statins “… effect on other biologic properties of stem cells provides a novel explanation for their negative clinical effects.” Particularly, the study states that such adverse results consist of advancing the “process of aging” as well as notes that “… long-lasting use of statins has been related to negative effects including myopathy, neurological side effects and an increased danger of diabetes.” Myopathy means skeletal muscle weakness.
Statins make cells unable to repair properly, create nerve issues and destroy memory
In the study, experts explain that the health issues incurred due to statins, have been downplayed in the recent years. People who do take these drugs usually report having fatigue, cataracts, muscle pain, liver damage and memory loss. These drugs have been proven to mess with cells in a way that their main purpose is to reproduce and the process of body repair is blocked. Professor Reza Izadpanah, stem cell biologist and lead author of the research study, states, “Our study shows statins might accelerate the aging process. People who use statins as a preventative medicine need to think again as our research reveals they may have general unwanted effects on the body which could include muscle pain, nerve issues and joint issues.”
Regardless of health problems linked to statin drugs, FDA says people should not fear them.
While our FDA expresses on its online website that “Cognitive (brain-related) problems, such as amnesia, lapse of memory 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,” they also maintain its safety and effectiveness.
The website directs people’s attention to the advice of Amy G. Egan, M.D., M.P.H., who is the deputy director for safety in the FDA’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products (DMEP). She says, “This new information must not terrify people off statins. Their advantage is indisputable, however they need to be taken with care and knowledge of their negative effects.”
This isn’t hard to dispute at all, particularly after a previous study, we beg to differ. What’s so terrific and healthy about accelerated aging, muscle weakness, amnesia and cells that work improperly?
The need to constantly assess prescription drugs and older studies that tout their benefits.
These findings have opened the importance of researching the advantages of prescription drugs, which is ideally something people will continue to do, to stay well-informed and in the best shape possible. There was a similar study that opened many eyes, and involved the teen antidepressant “Paxil”, which made headings when a re-analysis of an original study had revealed incomplete information and exposed all the errors. Although, in reality, this drug wasn’t found to not be safe and efficient for its recommended demographic. Brian Nosek, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia says “signals that the community is awakening, checking its work and doing what science is expected to do– self-correct.”