If you are one of the 2.2 million Australians taking Statins, then please be aware of the side effects of Statins. Research shows that Statins are not protective, but stimulate hardening of the arteries. Common names include Lipitor, Pravachol, Crestor, Zocor. It is important to know that high cholesterol is common amongst the older population.
The Low down on Statins
Statins are given to lower cholesterol, but more recent studies show there is no association between high cholesterol and elderly death. That higher cholesterol levels in the over 60 age group are protective. This information has been around for a few years now, yet Statins are still one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in Australia.
How do Statins affect the body?
• Statins impair muscle function through depletion of Coenzyme Q10 which is required in the mitochondria for ATP generation.
• Statins also inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2: a cofactor which protects the arteries from calcification.
• Statins inhibit the biosynthesis of selenoproteins: this is necessary with glutathione to suppress peroxidative stress leading to congestive heart failure.
So, why take Statins?
This is a personal choice which you must make. If you are taking Statins, then it would be beneficial to your health to take extra nutritional supplements to support the deficiencies the drug causes. If you want to stop taking Statin, then you will need to consult your doctor. There are studies for and against Statins, so it is confusing, but the more you know about how they work and the long term effects of this drug, then you can make your own informed decision.
Supplements to help prevent side effects of statins:
Based on the list of how Statins affect the body above, then the suggested remedies are:
- Coenzyme Q10
- Vitamin K2