Warnings About Statins Grow Louder

January 27th, 2011
There are many alternatives to statins.  Please call and make an appointment if you’d like to discuss your options! — Cathie

By Tom Jacobs: Statins have been marketed — and widely described in the media — as wonder drugs which help ensure heart health by lowering cholesterol. But as we reported in 2009 (Cholesterol Contrarians Question Cult of Statins), an outspoken group of researchers warn their use is too widespread, and their potential dangers underestimated.A study just published in the journal The Cochrane Collaboration suggests their doubts are valid.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine reviewed previous studies on the risks and benefits of statins for people at low risk of heart disease and found many of the studies were deeply flawed.

The researchers conclude, in a note to physicians: “Caution should be taken in prescribing statins for primary prevention among people at low cardiovascular risk.”

Independent researchers in the U.S. and Canada have found links between statin use and a variety of cognitive disorders ranging from depression to dementia.


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