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Friday, September 10, 2010

Statins no benefit for low risk patients

"While there may be no overall lifesaving effect of statins, one wonders what other health effects they might have. Statins can have some troublesome adverse effects, some which are fatal.

Muscle weakening and muscle pain are among the best-known side effects of the statins. A national health survey in the United States found that people who took statins were 50-per-cent more likely to have back or leg pain.

Statin manufacturers state in their product labels that statins pose rare but real risks for rhabdomyolysis (the medical term for severe muscle breakdown that can result in kidney failure). Elevated liver enzymes -a sign of liver injury -develop in about one in 100 statin users.

Other unpleasant side effects include sleep disturbances, sexual dysfunction, depression, confusion, short-term or "working" memory loss and transient global amnesia.

The medical journal The Lancet recently reviewed several major statin studies and found that the drugs increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, on average, by nine per cent."
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