2.2 million Australians take Statins. In case you or a loved one is on Statin medication, please be aware that research shows that Statins are not protective, but actually 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.
Statins are given to lower cholesterol, but more recent studies show there is no association between bad cholesterol and elderly death and that higher cholesterol levels in the over 60 age group is actually protective. This information has been around for a few years now, yet Statins are still one of the most common prescribed drugs in Australia.
How do Statins effect 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 peroxidatitve stress leading to congestive heart failure.
So, why take Statins?
This is 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.