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Bananas may boast better health benefits than statin drugs like Lipitor, without the risks

With data from a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggesting that the flavonoids found in berries have benefits in preventing erectile dysfunction getting media attention, other fruits are vying for the limelight. While berries can potentially prevent the need for Viagra, which a recent study revealed could possibly be linked to an increased risk for developing deadly melanoma, bananas want to keep you from risking your health with potentially dangerous drugs as well. “Before you reach for the Lipitor, grab a banana,” read MSN’s repost of Eat This, Not That!’s 21 Things that Happen to Your Body When You ... Read More

Medication benefits, risks should be weighed with clear mind

When you’re under stress, you are less likely to make smart decisions. That’s because the brain releases cortisol, a hormone produced within the adrenal gland that is designed to help us survive in dangerous situations such as being attacked by a lion. But cortisol also inhibits rational, logical thinking, which can be detrimental in stressful situations when careful thought is necessary. But there is a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, says McGill University neuroscientist Daniel Levitin. He presented this idea at TEDGlobal in London in September 2015. “We are all going to fail now and then,” ... Read More

Plaintiffs look forward to seeing how Lipitor MDL develops

The first bellwether case in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Pfizer, manufacturer of widely-prescribed cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor, has been delayed. Plaintiff Wilma Daniels, 66, claims she took Lipitor from 1998 to February 2014 and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1998 shortly after beginning statin therapy. Daniels’ lawsuit is one of more than 2,000 alleging use of Lipitor caused type 2 diabetes, including a second bellwether case, a lawsuit filed by Juanita Hempstead. The trial date for Daniels v. Pfizer, originally scheduled for last November has, as of Dec. 11, 2015, been vacated. In MDLs where there are thousands ... Read More

Diet-to-Go launches meal delivery product designed for people with Type 2 diabetes

Most Americans suffering from illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure are aware of the huge impact diet and exercise can have on their health. But for many, their schedules leave them feeling overwhelmed with the perceived rigors of meal planning, shopping and cooking, not to mention simply slowing down to sit and eat. Often the easier solution seems to be medication, but medications can carry with them serious health risks. For example, studies have shown that using statins like Lipitor, one of the most common medicines on the market prescribed for lowering and controlling cholesterol, which is linked ... Read More

Study: Many people discontinue statin therapy due to side effects

Millions of people are prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins to help protect against heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular death. But a new study shows that an increasing number of people stop statin therapy within six months, likely due to side effects. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, involved data on about 675,000 people aged 40 and older who started statin therapy between 1995 and 2010. Those who did not fill a second statin prescription within six months were considered to have stopped the medicine prematurely. Researchers found that statin use increased from less than 1 percent of the population in 1995 ... Read More

Men who use statins at 46 percent greater risk of type 2 diabetes

People who take cholesterol-lowering statins are at a much greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes than previously thought, according to a study published in the journal Diabetologia. Statins, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, are used to lower cholesterol levels in order to prevent heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular death. The drugs have been shown to increase blood sugar levels, a precursor to the development of type 2 diabetes. Previous studies have found as much as a 36 percent increased risk of diabetes in people who take statins. The latest study, however, found that men who used statins had ... Read More

Statins may be ineffective in type 2 diabetics

Type 2 diabetics at high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) often become intolerant to cholesterol-lowering statins, new research has found. Statins are among the most prescribed drugs in the world. They are designed to lower cholesterol levels in order to prevent heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular-related death. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that is often associated with being overweight and leading a sedentary lifestyle. As a result, many diabetics also have high cholesterol. Researchers from Amgen Inc. set out to evaluate how cholesterol therapies, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, affected adults with type 2 diabetes. They used ... Read More

Flu vaccine less effective in people taking statins

Cholesterol-lowering statins are one of the most prescribed drugs in the world, taken to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. But two new studies show that the drugs may weaken the effectiveness of the flu vaccine. The studies come just as the flu season is beginning and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging virtually everyone to get vaccinated to protect themselves against influenza. The findings have left many people questioning this new statin side effect. Researcher say that studies suggest that statins, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, may reduce the body’s immune response to the ... Read More

Low cholesterol increases risk of dying after heart attack

Statin drugs, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, are used to lower cholesterol levels with the understanding that by doing this, it lowers a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke. But a new study published in the journal Critical Care Medicine, finds that the lower a patient’s cholesterol, the higher the risk of him dying during the 30 days following a heart attack. Cholesterol is measured in LDL, or bad, cholesterol; HDL, or good, cholesterol; and triglycerides. LDL is considered “bad” because it contributes to the buildup of plaque, the thick, hard deposits that can clog arteries. HDL is ... Read More

Statins may speed up aging process, promote mental and physical decline

Statins are designed to lower cholesterol levels in an effort to prevent heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular death. But a new study shows the medication can speed up the process of aging and lead to mental and physical decline. Researchers with Tulane University in New Orleans say that statins, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, can adversely affect stem sells, the internal medical system that repair damage within the body, protect against muscle and joint pain, and prevent memory loss. Researchers discovered this after treating stem cells with statins under laboratory conditions. After a few weeks of treatment, the scientists ... Read More