We often get asked this question, there’s no easy answer for it at this time although the prescription of Statins is on a constant increase and the side effects can be fairly horrendous for both the taker of Statins and their immediate family.
So the real question is, do they work and are the side effects worth the discomfort to control your cholesterol?
Firstly we’ll be positive and examine how they work and the benefits you get from being on Statins…..
Cholesterol is the single greatest risk factor for heart disease and a major risk factor in stroke and disease of the arteries. Statins reduce harmful cholesterol by slowing its production in the liver.
They’re proven by ‘study’ to reduce heart attack and stroke by reducing harmful cholesterol which thickens arteries and increases risk of clots. A review of 90,000 statin users by the Medical Research Council in Oxford and the University of Sydney concluded that risk of fatal heart attack or stroke fell by about a third.
Benefits started immediately, increased the longer they were taken and the further cholesterol fell. It reported statins are especially valuable to people at high risk of heart attack or stroke and they protect patients whose cholesterol was considered normal. There’s no question that statins save lives but at what cost to the other areas of your body?
Statins have been tried and tested for 20 years. They’ve been in use for over a decade and most trials, involving tens of thousands of patients, continued for five years or more. But do we know enough about the other things going on in the body that Statins may or may not help with?
So we know Statins work, but is it the best way to deal with your Cholesterol problem?
We believe not, there is a strong case for simply monitoring your diet correctly and using an L’Arginine supplement like Ark 1 L’Arginine. The L’Arginine in the drink helps to boost your healthy cholesterol and lowers your bad cholesterol. The other benefit of using Ark 1 instead of Statins would be that it’s a powerful vaso-dilator which boosts the Nitric Oxide levels which lowers blood pressure by softening the smooth cells of the arteries which allows them to flex, thus lowering the blood pressure. Nitric Oxide also cleans up the arteries, freeing them of atheroma which is basically Cholesterol & other waste products which are the cause of the related heart disease problems. Statins seem only to help prevent heart disease and stroke because they reduce the amount of LDL (harmful Cholesterol) in the blood stream. There is no study currently available to the public that shows that Statins have reliably done any more than just reducing the harmful cholesterol.
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Secondly we must now cover the side effects of Statins…….
Common side effects
Although side effects can vary between different statins, common side effects (which affect up to 1 in 10 people) include:
- sore throat
- a runny or blocked nose (non allergic rhinitis)
- feeling sick
- problems with the digestive system, such as constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion or flatulence (passing wind) (embarrassment)
- muscle and joint pain (see below)
- increased blood sugar level (hyperglycaemia)
- an increased risk of diabetes
However, it’s clear most of the common problems people experience when taking statins are actually caused by the medication itself. On a personal note we know of previous Statin users that suffered daily with un-comfortable indigestion and daily flatulence which is certainly un-wanted if you’re a social person. In our experience the people we know that suffer when using statins did not have the same conditions present prior to using statins, they only came about after statin usage developed the side effects.
Uncommon side effects
Uncommon side effects of statins (which may affect up to 1 in 100 people) include:
- being sick
- loss of appetite or weight gain
- difficulty sleeping (insomnia) or having nightmares
- dizziness – if you experience this, do not drive or use tools and machinery
- loss of sensation or tingling in the nerve endings of the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy)
- memory problems
- blurred vision –if you experience this, do not drive or use tools and machinery
- ringing in the ears
- inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), which can cause flu like symptoms
- inflammation of the pancreas (pancreaitis) which can cause stomach pain
- skin problems, such as acne or an itchy red rash
- feeling unusually tired or physically weak
Rare side effects
Rare side effects of statins (which may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people) include:
- visual disturbances
- bleeding or bruising easily
- yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)Muscle effects
Statins can occasionally cause muscle inflammation (swelling) and damage. Speak to your doctor if you experience muscle pain, tenderness or weakness that cannot be explained (for example, pain that is not due to physical work).
Your doctor will carry out a blood test to measure a substance in your blood called creatine kinase (CK), which is released into the blood when your muscles are inflamed or damaged.
If the level of CK in your blood is more than five times the normal level, your doctor may advise you to stop taking the statin. Regular exercise can sometimes lead to a rise in CK, so tell your doctor if you have been exercising a lot during the period of using Statins.
Once your CK level has returned to normal, your doctor may suggest you start taking the statin again, but at a lower dose.
So that’s a lot of potential harmful side effects just to combat your harmful LDL Cholesterol level which as we explained earlier can be handled just as easily with your own personal diet choices, regular steady exercise and advanced formulation supplements which if you have the money for, are by far the best way to address these basic health issues. You can even enjoy the basic yoghurt’s that have now been produced for some years which have had some effects on Cholesterol as well. All of this without the unwanted side effects of Statins.
Our personal choice from experience of working with people that have been on Statins is that if you can fix the Cholesterol problem in a natural way then this is certainly the best course of action as using the Statin drugs is not a comfortable life for a lot of people, certainly the people we’ve known personally on these drugs have not had a comfortable life at all, even simple bloating, indigestion and flatulence on a daily basis not only leads to added expense of buying new clothes, daily uncomfortable indigestion and the rather embarrassing condition of wind but also the loss of self-confidence in older people that no longer feel comfortable with the conditions to go out. Until Statins can work in a more natural way and give better more wide ranging results they have limited use because the side effects massively out weigh the known benefits at this time. They’ve certainly become a quick and easy solution for GP’s to prescribe but perhaps are not the wonder drug they’re portrayed to be. We certainly welcome more studies in the future as there is not much information regarding the usage of Statins for women at all. There is some doubt as to the benefits of Statins to women who may even need CoQ10 as well to make the use of Statins safer and more comfortable. It may come as news to you that CoQ10 is not easily available on the market in Multi-Vitamins but it certainly should be because any Multi-Vitamin that doesn’t contain CoQ10 is now out of date and not worth using. The Co Enzyme Q10 is like a little truck inside your body that helps everything to get where it’s supposed to go and also help move the waste products out of your system. A quality Multi-Vitamin containing CoQ10 can cost as much as £30 but is worth it to supplement your diet with key vitamins, minerals and botanicals that will keep you healthy and illness free.
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