I was on cholesterol-lowering statins for 25 years, when last year, I was experiencing memory loss … and I researched to find that it was a potential side effect of the drug. With my doctor’s consent, I took myself off the drug for four months prior to last year’s blood test.
While my pre-statin cholesterol count had climbed to 271 and my “medicated” number had been constantly in the 160-170 range for many years, I was delighted to discover that my “unmedicated” number turned out to be 170! So I am now drug free!
Last spring, Jack Moore played a tennis tournament in Canada and, while sliding into a shot, he dislocated both knee caps and detached both quad muscles! He is now just starting to get back to “normal” walking and places much of the blame on his taking statins.
He writes: Statin drugs and in particular simvastatin drugs (like zocor which I was on) can cause significantly more cases of myopathy [muscle weakness] and rhabdomolysis [muscle deterioration]. Some symptoms are muscle weakness, cramps, soreness, stiffness, aching, muscle injury, etc. and can occur when the patient is at rest or under exertion.
Statin induced myopathy is made worse by interaction with anti-biotics, niacin, anti-coagulants and where dosages of 40 mg to 80mg are taken. Interestingly, clinical trials show lower levels of patient myopathy but “Real World Trials” show much higher levels.
Recent studies have found that athletes in particular do not tolerate statins very well. I have met numerous people who have ruptured their biceps and they were all on statins drugs.
If statins attack muscles, and the heart is a muscle, what is it doing to people’s hearts?
This doesn’t mean that statins aren’t effective for some people in their particular health and fitness circumstances; but there are definitely issues for others that aren’t being made known.