Are statins the new miracle drugs? They have proved extremely effective for their ability to lower levels of LDL cholesterol and have been shown to result in a significant lower risk of heart attack and stroke
Over 11 million Americans are taking a statin. Experts estimate another 25 million should be on them. Worldwide only 25 million of 200 million people are being treated with a statin.
As early clinical trials are being completed it is becoming clear that statins, through a variety of mechanisms reducing cholesterol biosynthesis in the liver, are also of very immediate relevance to diabetics. Startling study results have been published showing a much lower risk of hip fractures among those taking a statin. Other studies have shown a protective effect for breast cancer, bone strength, stroke, and rheumatoid arthritis. Early reports have been published on benefit for HIV patients. It is expected that other benefits are as yet unfound. Statins will be essential to those intent on strategies to live longer and healthier in the years ahead as medical frontiers advance.
Statins are powerful medications and should only be taken under the supervision of a physician. They have potentially serious side effects of muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, muscle wasting and more deadly consequences if the statin is not immediately stopped. So, be sensible. If side effects begin to appear, stop the dose. You can always try a different statin and return to the first one later. Evidence is accumulating that the protective effect can build up over time. So using your own self as a barometer to monitor how your tolerance to side effects is building up and also using your personal physician and a blood panel to check liver function and lipid levels, you can succeed.
Some suggest multi-potent vitamins, Ester C, Co-enzyme Q10, niacin and folic acid should be added to a statin regimen to reduce side effects..
Very early studies are showing startling new benefits of statins. New bone growth, protection from hip fracture and breast cancer, assists remission of rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis. Incredible data in suppression of HIV indicating they are anti-retroviral agents. Heart wrenching hope in the prevention of progression of Alzheimers disease.
Many more large scale multi-center clinical trials are being set up as researchers scramble to verify these results, test dosing levels, find optimal therapies and explain why statins now appear to have widespread effects.
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