Unfortunately, there appears to be another alarming side effect of statins: correlation between high doses and diabetes. There are about 20 million Americans taking statins. What these people don’t know is that some of the tests that were run by the FDA to check for safety were done on lower doses than most people are prescribed. As the dose increases, so do the side effects such as memory/brain dysfunction and muscle/joint pain. Another alarming side effect is increased incidence of diabetes. The statistic quoted was approx 2%, up from 0.4% on the lower doses tested.
Dr. Eric Topol of Scripps Health writes that of those 20 million people on statins, up to 100,000 could contract diabetes. He also strongly suggested that those that have not had a stroke or heart attack, to seek other alternatives for lowering cholesterol and getting healthy. At least reduce the dosage. Unfortunately, those that have had heart attacks/strokes, they should remain on their medications.
There are of course differing opinions on this. Dr. Steven Edelmen of “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” thinks that the benefits of statins outweighs the risks. This seems to ignore the mounting evidence that the benefits and tiny improvement in mortality rates are definitly outweighed by the side effects.
Another alarming side effect of statins: correlation between high doses and diabetes.
by Chris Chan / KNSD Dr. Eric Topol, Chief Academic Officer for Scripps Health, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times Opinion Page addressing the risk of cholesterol–reducing “statins” such as Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor. The higher the doses of these…
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In summary, in light of the evidence of another alarming side effect of statins: correlation between high doses and diabetes, each person has to decide what is best for them. Seek out alternative natural therapies where possible. Check with your doctor before changing your medication dosage and work with him/her to work out a plan that is sustainable.
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