Friday, March 16, 2012
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?