Are you taking a statin?

Everyone knows that opioids are a dangerous prescription drug due to their highly addictive nature. Unfortunately, opioids are not the only medication you need to avoid. Many prescription drugs can do more harm than good. Have you ever listened to the possible side effects of an advertised drug on TV? The list of side effects is usually longer than the list of benefits. These potential side effects can cause more health issues, and before you know it, you are prescribed another medication because of the side effects from the first medication. It is a vicious cycle that many people fall into.

Statins are one of the most common medications taken by adults in America. Statins are prescribed for high cholesterol levels which can lead to heart attack and stroke. Unfortunately, the side effects of taking statin drugs is long and, in my opinion, dangerous. Here are some of the side effects:

  • Muscle pain and damage - According to the Mayo clinic, one of the most common side effects from statin drugs is muscle pain, and it affects many people. 29% of patients taking statin drugs complained of muscle pain.

  • Elevated glucose levels - Patients taking statin drugs have an increased risk of developing diabetes because statin drugs can cause elevations in your blood sugar.

  • Memory loss or confusion - According to an article in Harvard Health Publishing, patients taking cholesterol drugs were nearly 4x more likely to report memory loss. This side effect is so prominent that the FDA recently required drug companies to change the label on statin drugs.

  • Liver Damage - Statins can also cause liver inflammation. Patients on statin therapy should have there liver enzymes tested.

Could it be that medications being taken by Americans are contributing to the rise in Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Diabetes? Are the medications to treat your diseases causing more harm than good? If you are experiencing any of these harmful side effects, contact me and let's talk about a more natural way to approach your disease processes.

Janet Steward