Friday, March 16, 2012

Statin warnings


Do you take a statin? Weirdly, although I am a walking disaster zone some days, my cholesterol seems to be OK.

But my thin sister is on these things. And I have interviewed cardiologists who want to marry statins—they seriously suggest these drugs be put in the water supplies like fluoride.

I hate taking pills, but have succumbed for my blood pressure (another family curse).

But I know so many people who have had the “leg pains” from statins—and the memory fog.

Re the latter—the FDA just decided on a warning label for memory loss and confusion from statins, such as Crestor and Lipitor—even Simcor and Vytorin.

Some statin-takers even get elevated blood sugar, usually at higher doses.

For people who have had a heart attack or stroke, doctors seem pretty sure taking a statin is good, benefits outweighing negatives.

But preventively? This is a judgment call now.

Whatever you decide (and of course, they say check with the doctor for an indepth discussion—yeah, so easy), probably if you are on a lower dose it’s OK—but is it preventing at a lower dose?

Crapshoot.

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