I suppose a Johnny-come-lately is better than a Johnny that never shows up at all. Right?
Well, after nearly two decades, Johnny, AKA the FDA, has finally broken ranks with their pals in Big Pharma and issued warnings of statin side effects increasing your risks for diabetes, memory loss, and serious muscle pain.
Hm... it seems like there's a seriously delayed echo in here.
Years ago when I was raising the red flag about the dangers of statins... from muscle damage, to memory loss, to blood sugar problems... I must admit it felt pretty darn lonely up there on top of that hill.
Sure, I wasn't really alone. There were already a handful of us warning about the ineffectiveness of statins and serious statin side effects. But there were a heck of a lot more of them laughing at the "quacks" who dared to question the use of statins and declaring the pills a true "miracle of modern medicine."
A miracle? Ha! I'd say more like a menace!
The real miracle here is that the feds are finally saying that they agree with us "quacks"... wouldn't you agree?
Dying for a healthy heart?
Yes, as unlikely as it seems, after years of choosing the drug companies over you the FDA has finally cracked under the pressure of the mountains of evidence saying that the use of statins comes at the cost of some incredibly serious statin side effects.
According to one New York Times report, about ten percent of statin users experience muscle aches, pains, or fatigue due to the drug. And, ironically, if you're one of those statin users who is trying to do something good for your health by exercising, that number jumps up to 25 percent.
But muscle pain isn't the whole story: Far from it in fact. It was all the way back in 2009 that I warned you about the potentially permanent muscle damage that these drugs can cause. You see statin drugs not only can cause severe muscle pain and fatigue they can also lead to irreversible structural damage to your muscles.
And according to the literature on one major statin drug website, that muscle damage could lead to kidney problems and even kidney failure.
As if muscle pain, permanent muscle damage, and possible kidney failure weren't bad enough the drugs have also have been linked to an increased risk for developing diabetes. And despite the FDA's sudden announcement, this is not a brand new development.
An analysis of statin side effects published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year finally concluded what many of us have already been saying for years. And that is that statins can affect your blood sugar.
In fact, a growing number of studies over the last five years or so have linked statins with type 2 diabetes... and of course, later, all the complications that come with the disease like... ironically... hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.
And, when you realize that the use of statins has increased ten fold in the past two decades, and that incidences of type 2 diabetes have tripled in the last 30 years also... well... let's just say its hard to not wonder how many of those cases might be statin related.
Then, of course, there's the statin link to confusion, memory loss, and "brain fog." And while this might seem like the least worrisome of the side effects, let me assure you that for those suffering with it, it's frightening and far from benign.
Statins may not save lives
Now, of course, the mainstream media was quick to put the FDA's stunning announcement about statin side effects into the "proper light" pointing out that the increased risk for diabetes is "very small."
Yeah, try telling that to any one of the victims who is now suffering the consequences of that "very small" risk. Not to mention the fact that there's simply no good reason to be on these meds in the first place.
As I've been telling you for years now, despite all the hype statins do not significantly lower your chance of dying from a heart attack or heart disease over plain good old-fashioned taking care of yourself
In other words, if you watch your weight, get some exercise, and don't smoke you can reduce your risks as much as... or even more than... you could if you were popping a statin every day.
(And look Ma... no side effects!)
If you're still in doubt, I encourage you to take a look at the results of the huge 4-million person population study out of Switzerland--published in the Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine last year--that concluded that the numbers of people suffering or dying from heart attacks simply has not gone down, despite the huge rise in statin usage.
Besides, simply having elevated cholesterol doesn't mean you have heart disease, or that you're more likely to die from a heart attack for that matter.
So, instead of pumping yourself full of a drug with questionable benefits and proven side effects I recommend that besides eating right and exercising you try adding a few ticker-friendly supplements to your routine instead, like L-carnitine (1,000 mg), coenzyme Q10 (100 mg), magnesium (500 to 800 mg), and vitamin E as mixed tocopherols (400 to 800 IU).