With an estimated 610,000 fatalities in the United States every year, heart disease is among the leading causes of death. The theory that high cholesterol levels can impact the health of your heart in a negative manner is quite popular today. As a result, many people rely on a variety of cholesterol-lowering drugs to lower the risk of heart disease.
It is, however, unfortunate that one of the most popular cholesterol-lowering drugs in the United States, statins, has proven ineffective. In addition to causing several unpleasant side effects and being ineffective at lowering cholesterol, statins are also linked to cancer.
What is Statins?
As widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins are used to lower high cholesterol or LDL, a major contributor to heart disease. Many studies show that statins are ineffective at reducing the levels of LDL despite the fact that it is their main purpose.
A study published in the Vascular Health and Risk Management journal shows how unreliable this drug is. According to the study, statins is incredibly ineffective at lowering cholesterol levels, particularly in patients with heart disease. The study revealed that statins reduced cholesterol to ideal levels in only 18% of the patients it was administered to. The results prove that this particular drug is actually ineffective more than 80 percent of the time.
According to other studies, statins cause a variety of undesirable and sometimes adverse side effects including:
• Hyperglycemia, popularly known as high blood sugar
• Loss of memory
• An increased risk of developing type-2 diabetes
Statins are also known to cause more severe side effects such as rhabdomyolysis and myositis. Both of these conditions can lead to serious muscle damage since they usually cause inflammation of the muscles. As a result of the damage it can cause to the kidneys, Rhabdomyolysis has been linked to renal failure and death.
A number of studies associate statins with a significantly higher risk of developing cancer. The journal Current Oncology published a study that shows statins increase the possibility of cancer in prostate or breast cancer patients and the elderly. According to researchers, statins also cause heightened progression of tumors in cancer of the bladder patients.