Going off the grid
I’ve told you about a lot of statin studies over the years.
But this one is different.
This was a huge study. It included more than 100,000 subjects, who were all taking various brands of statins when the study began.
For nine years, researchers tracked the subjects to see how many stopped using their drug.
More importantly, they tracked the reasons WHY they stopped.
If you or anyone you know is even considering taking statins — or thinking about giving them up — this is a real eye-opener.
Down & dirty details
This study contains two major revelations…
1) According to the “official” estimate, about 5 to 10% of statin users experience side effects. In this study, more than 17% reported side effects.
2) HALF the subjects quit using their statin. More than 50,000! (Unfortunately, most of them were coaxed back by doctors who lowered dosages or switched them to a different brand.)
In an editorial published with the study, a statin cheerleader said, “Not continuing the drug has a lot more to do with people just not wanting to take drugs for a lifetime.”
You know what? Not wanting to take drugs for a lifetime is actually a pretty good reason to stop.
But with statins, the decision to stop has a LOT to do with quality of life. Subjects said they quit using their statins because they felt fatigued. Many experienced muscle pain, nausea, and confusion.
Fear must have played a role too. Any statin user who does some research will find that the drug increases risk of type 2 diabetes, cataracts, and cognitive decline. They’ll also find that muscle pain is a symptom of muscle damage. And that damage can trigger kidney failure.
Those are daunting concerns for aging patients. Fifteen years ago, patients weren’t hearing about those side effects. But now those effects are front and center.
For instance, in an NPR report about this study, listeners didn’t get the usual claptrap about benefits outweighing risks. Instead, a doctor who specializes in women’s cardiology noted that there’s no evidence that women without heart disease get any benefit at all. And that’s the case, even if they have heart disease risk factors.
She also shares this detail… “I have two patients who wound up bedridden from biopsy-proven neuropathy due to statins; both improved but never returned to normal strength.”
Unfortunately, there are still plenty of “experts” who claim that statin benefits outweigh risks. But more and more real-life studies are proving them wrong.
Whether you’re worried about the side effects, don’t want to be on a drug the rest of your life, or don’t want to waste money on a pointless drug, it’s time to put an end to the statin brainwash.
In every way, you are better off without them.
“Discontinuation of Statins in Routine Care Settings: A Cohort Study” Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 158, No. 7, 4/2/13, annals.org
“Side Effects Prompt Patients To Stop Cholesterol Drugs” Nancy Shute, NPR, 4/3/13, npr.org