Dying Patients Kept On Statin Drugs For No Good Reason

| August 6, 2015

You’d think (or hope) that when you are on your deathbed doctors would start to ease down on prescribing drugs to you that you really don’t need.

Well, that might not be the case for millions of terminally ill patients.

According to the horrifying results of a new study, some patients are still being given cholesterol-lowering statins long after they’ve lost the strength to say no.

University of Colorado researchers found that out-of-control doctors are pumping statin drugs into patients who are literally on their deathbeds. Researchers looked at nearly 400 patients, average age 74, who had late-stage cancer or other fatal illnesses and found that for some inexplicable reason they were still taking statins.

Let’s face it, when you only have a few months to live, reaching the perfect cholesterol levels almost certainly won’t be on your list of priorities.

So researchers did what these patients’ doctors should have done. They took half the patients off of statins, and guess what happened?

Nothing.

The patients who skipped statins had the same survival rate and the same average life expectancy as those who kept popping the pills.

Giving statins to patients who are terminally ill is like throwing a sack of rocks to a drowning person. Statins cause muscle pain, fatigue and memory problems … the last things you want while you try to enjoy the last precious moments of your life.

Even if you have years ahead of you, statins are likely to give you some side effects. They could increase your chances of diabetes by as much as 87 percent, and have also been linked to acute kidney failure, cataracts, liver damage and permanent muscle damage.

One thing people don’t realise is that once you take your first prescription of statin drugs, most doctors will make sure you keep taking those drugs for the rest of your life. Even pro-statin cheerleaders admit that the drug does not fully take effect for TWO YEARS. Studies have found it would take 140 people popping statins for FIVE YEARS to possibly prevent one heart episode.

Of course, the side effects of these drugs start to kick in much sooner. Some people begin to complain of severe muscle pain with days of taking their first statin.

If you are really concerned about keeping your heart healthy, stick to safe and natural remedies like flaxseed oil, omega 3 and 7 fatty acids, and niacin to keep your arteries healthy and your cholesterol levels in check.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Source:

Terminally Ill Can Do Without Statins, Study Finds, nlm.nih.gov

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