Recently I spotted an article that called statin drugs “controversial.”
And it’s true, they are. But it’s also true that they SHOULDN’T be.
Because when you take a good look at the research, there’s not a thing controversial about them.
- sometimes dangerous
- often ineffective
- NOT targeting the TRUE killer
Which is why I’ve been warning for years that giving statins to folks with heart disease to prevent future heart attacks or strokes is an accident waiting to happen.
And now a new study is backing me up in a big way.
Researchers from the University of Zurich have confirmed that MILLIONS may be taking sickening statin drugs who shouldn’t be.
Doctors call it “preventative medicine.” But I call it malpractice.
Because according to the new study nearly 50 percent of folks prescribed statins have no business being on them. And in those cases (AT LEAST), the risks far outweigh the benefits.
Statin drugs can cause serious side effects
Taking statin drugs raises your chances for serious side effects climbing including…
- painful muscle damage
- memory loss and confusion
- liver damage
- type 2 diabetes
Yet despite those dangers, when you reach a certain age, it’s practically a guarantee your doc will insist you start taking these cholesterol-lowering drugs. In fact, current statin guidelines target nearly one-third of adults between 40 and 75.
But according to the Zurich researchers, if you’re 70 to 75, your doc shouldn’t bother to pull out the prescription pad unless your risk for a heart attack or stroke is 21 percent in the next 10 years.
96% of statin users saw NO benefits
And this isn’t the first time that the widespread use of statin drugs has come into question, either.
In one meta-analysis, for example, a full 96 percent of the folks taking them saw NO benefit. Meanwhile, two percent of people developed statin-linked diabetes. While another 10 percent had painful muscle damage, another side effect of these drugs.
In another major analysis, statins didn’t fare much better. In a group who had a moderate to high risk for heart disease, statin drugs did nothing to prevent early deaths.
Other studies confirm that if you’re a senior taking a statin, it may be all risk and no reward. In one analysis of heart-disease-free folks over 65 statins failed to reduce death from any cause, deaths for heart disease, and heart attacks.
And according to the American Board of Internal Medicine, if you’re 75 or older, there’s no evidence that high cholesterol leads to heart disease or death. In fact, some studies show folks in this age group with the lowest cholesterol levels are at the HIGHEST risk for death.
Statin drugs ignore “sticky” oxidized LDL
There’s no question that statin drugs reduce LDL cholesterol.
But that DOESN’T guarantee they will significantly cut your risks for heart disease, strokes, or heart attacks. Because statin drugs ignore the elephant in the room, which is sticky LDL cholesterol.
You see when cholesterol oxidizes the particles clump together clogging up your arteries and raising your heart risks. Otherwise, the particles flow through your bloodstream harmlessly carrying essential fat-soluble nutrients to where they need to be.
In other words, you could have basement low LDL and STILL have a heart attack or other heart complications if the remaining LDL becomes oxidized.
The bottom line is millions are on statin drugs who don’t need to be. And that’s putting them at risk for serious side effects.
If you think you may be taking an unneeded statin, make an appointment to talk with your doctor today.
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