Doctor’s Advice Leaves Patients Confused About Statins

| September 3, 2015

“Total Confusion.” That’s all the email subject line said. And I thought: “I bet this is about statins or cholesterol, or both.”

I was right.

How low can you go?

Here’s what Alice wrote in her email:

“Both my husband and I have taking statins (Crestor) for more than 10 years. However, given the fact that our cholesterol readings are 3.4 and 4.1 respectively, we asked our GP if we could come off them. He said to maintain those ‘good’ readings we have to keep taking these drugs!!!

My husband has type 2 diabetes and is taking diaclide to control his blood sugar levels and exforge/amlodipine for high blood pressure.

My main concern is that my husband gets SEVERE night sweats 5 out of 7 nights every week, which leave him drenched at night and drained during he day. No-one seems to be able to explain why these occur.

We are totally confused and don’t know how to move forward.

My questions to you are:

Do we continue taking the statin drugs?

Could the cocktail of medications my husband is taking be behind all his other ailments?

What alternative measures can we take to keep our health on track (or at the very best try to get it back on track)?”

Emails like this one really make me angry.

The cholesterol readings Alice mentions are rearing towards being dangerously low. In fact, they are much lower than the ridiculously low government-recommendations. Mounting evidence is showing that too low cholesterol can have numerous detrimental effects on your health, including memory loss, cognitive decline, neurological problems and depression.

Then there’s the well-known risk of type 2 diabetes associated with statin drugs. Recently, I told you about a study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, which looked at nearly 26,000 people in the US military service to see how statins affected their diabetes risk.

The participants were all active-duty and retired military members who, along with their families, were all screened for pre-existing health problems. In other words, they’re among the healthiest population you’ll ever find in medical research.

Shockingly, the results revealed that the moment they popped their first statin drug they set themselves up for a lifetime of diabetes — despite their excellent health.

In fact, patients who took statins increased their risk of diabetes by a shocking 87 per cent!

Adding to that, these patients didn’t just get diabetes, they were also experiencing some of the most dangerous and difficult-to-treat complications of the disease.

These statin users were 250 per cent more likely to suffer from diabetes complications including heart disease, nerve damage, hearing loss, blindness and Alzheimer’s, than their counterparts who just said no to the drug.

So why on earth would any doctor recommend to a diabetes patient, like Alice’s husband, to take statin drugs? Especially when these drugs could worsen the condition.

Night sweats can be a symptom of diabetes and high blood pressure. However, statin drugs are also known to cause night sweats (and hot flushes). A recent study, which looked at 77,606 people who suffered with statin side effects, found that 6.45 per cent of patients who have been taking statin drugs for longer than 10 years get night sweats.

The real kicker is (and I am astonished that Alice’s doctor doesn’t know about this) that the blood pressure medication, amlodipine, is known to cause severe night sweats.

No wonder Alice and her husband are completely confused! They’re not getting help from the people who are supposedly trained to help patients.

Instead, they’re simply being told to carry on taking a drug for no real good reason, apart from the fact that it lowers cholesterol – when cholesterol is not even the enemy it’s made out to be.

To answer Alice’s question:

There are other numerous ways to keep your heart healthy, instead of taking statin drugs.

As always, diet (like the delicious Mediterranean Diet) and exercise is key. If you are taking statin drugs, it’s important to also supplement with Coenzyme Q10, which will help counteract the detrimental effects of these drugs.

Also consider other safe and natural remedies such as Berberine, niacin, flaxseed oil, olive leaf extract and resveratrol. All of which have been proven to help control cholesterol without all those dreaded drug side effects.

Find a doctor (preferably one who specialises in integrative medicine) who will take a look at your overall health and all the medications you are taking in order to work out a detailed regimen that suits your specific needs.

It’s very likely that a cocktail of drugs can contribute to an array of debilitating side effect symptoms.

Finally, if you have been taking statin drugs (known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction) for more than 2 years, consider having a liver and kidney function test done. Your doctor should perform these at least once a year to ensure that these drugs don’t do permanent damage to your liver and kidneys.

One thing is certain: More drugs will only make matters worse! So steer clear from any doctor who stands ready with a prescription pad.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

Statins and New-Onset Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetic Complications: A Retrospective Cohort Study of US Healthy Adults, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Review: could Simvastatin cause Night sweats?, published online, ehealthme.com

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  1. joan barraclough says:

    l have been taking statins for the last 15 years,the last test I had was last year after waiting 5 years to have taken because my doctor said it was not,necessary to have it taken more regularly.
    After seeing night sweats (mentioned in your article) which I get on a regular basis, I am wondering if there is a
    connection.
    So I am thinking of trying an alternative after reading your interesting article.

  2. Chazza says:

    These people don’t need a doctor’s advice, particularly this doctor’s. As I said to my then cardiologist “my cholesterol readings are average, so doesnt that mean that cholesterol was irrelevant to my heart attack.” No, he said it simply means that for you your cholesterol was too high. I wasn’t quick enough on my feet, because I should have said “Surely, it simply means that your cholesterol theory is wrong”. Six months later I was off them but not before significant damage to all sorts of aspects of my health.

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