The American Heart Association recommends that everyone with diabetes and virtually all older people should take such drugs. The statin enthusiasts insist statins save lives and that anyone who questions their value is undermining public health. They consider the side effects to be inconsequential. We have come under direct fire ourselves for even daring to ask questions about statin effectiveness.
On the other side are physicians who question the cholesterol hypothesis. A recent analysis of data from a controlled diet study (1968-1973) run by Ancel Keys and his colleagues revealed that lowering cholesterol through diet did not reduce the risk of dying from heart disease.
DISCLAIMER: If your doctor has prescribed a statin medication for the purpose of lowering your cholesterol, do NOT stop taking it without consulting with your doctor or other qualified health care professional.
Other researchers have written that “high cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease,’ so treating with statins is a ‘waste of time’.” Of even more relevance to diabetics, taking statin drugs increases your risk of diabetes 48%. Some of our group members are convinced that taking drugs like Lipitor (a statin) was a causative factor in developing type 2 diabetes. Some have also reported statins to cause leg cramps and RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome).
Graedon, Joe. “Doctors Deeply Divided Over the Value of Statins,” The People’s Pharmacy (December 30, 2016). https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/articles/doctors-deeply-divided-over-the-value-of-statins (accessed on 8/3/2020).
Bodkin, Henry. “High cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease’ new research finds, so treating with statins a ‘waste of time’,” The Telegraph (June 13, 2016). https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/06/12/high-cholesterol-does-not-cause-heart-disease-new-research-finds/ (accessed on 8/3/2020).
Perlmutter, Dr. David. “Statin Drugs and Diabetes,” DavidPermutterMD (September 28, 2014). https://www.drperlmutter.com/statin-drugs-diabetes/ (accessed on 8/3/2020). Article includes 2-minute video.
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