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Health expert questions safety of cholesterol-lowering statins

lipitor 435x435 Health expert questions safety of cholesterol lowering statins A quarter of Americans age 45 and older take cholesterol-lowering statin medications to protect them against cardiovascular disease. The best sellers among this popular class of medications include the brand name Lipitor followed by Crestor and Zocor. But just how safe are these medications, asks Rob Pell, owner and operator of Sunshine Natural Foods in Grants Pass, Ore.

Pell, who has 35 years experience helping people with natural foods, products, exercise and healing, warns that statin medications may not be the best way to treat high cholesterol. He points out that a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine revealed that 17 percent of patients taking statins reported side effects including muscle pain, nausea, liver problems, and nervous system issues such as peripheral neuropathy.

“The list and severity of acknowledged side effects keeps growing,” he said. “Increased risk of diabetes has just been added.”

Recent studies have alluded that people taking statins are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. The latest study, conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts, found another alarming trend, that postmenopausal women using Lipitor, particularly those with a BMI of less than 25, were at greater risk for developing the chronic disease.

Pell warns that two statins – Cerivastatin and Baycol – were pulled from the market because they caused severe muscle breakdown, kidney damage and in some cases death. “It’s interesting to note those side effects didn’t show up in the drug company pre-launch testing,” Pell adds. “Also interesting is that in the U.S. this one class of drug creates over 20 billion dollars of revenue for Big-Pharma annually.

“If you think that heart disease is being caused by insufficient drugs in your diet, a lifetime of prescription statins may be for you,” Pell continues. “If not, you may want to do some research and become your own expert.”

Source: News with Views