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Statin side effects can sideline once-active people

lipitor 435x435 Statin side effects can sideline once active peopleAdopting a healthy lifestyle, such as following a good diet and exercise program, can help you lose unwanted pounds and become healthier overall. You may even be able to wean off medications including statins for high cholesterol. But for many, statin side effects can make exercise seem painful.

That’s because statins have been linked to muscle aches, which in some cases can become serious. Even in their less-serious form, the pain can sideline even the most seasoned athletes. The benefits of exercise are quickly lost when someone once active becomes sedentary because the medication they are taking to be healthier makes exercise painful.

Cholesterol-lowering statins are one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. They are used to reduce so-called bad cholesterol in the blood in order to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Some statin supporters claim the drug should be added to drinking water because of the cardiovascular protection it provides. But those benefits come at a risk, especially when statin side effects impact quality of life.

Statin side effects go beyond preventing once-active people from being active again. They also increase blood sugar levels, which can lead to type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that requires patients to follow a strict diet and in many cases take medications to regulate blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes can also have lifelong consequences, increasing the risk for heart disease, kidney disease, dementia, cancer, blindness and amputations due to neuropathy.

Source: Huffington Post