Tag: "brain function"

Pro-Statin Mainstreamer Dismisses The Link Between Statins And Memory Loss

| July 2, 2015 | Comments (2)

A recent study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, compared new cholesterol-lowering statin drug users with people taking non-statin cholesterol drugs, and those taking no drugs at all. The results showed patients taking statins reported memory loss and memory problems within as little as 30-days from starting their medication, compared to non-users. Yet, despite […]

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Vitamin D Can Protect Your Heart After Cardiac Arrest

| January 1, 2015 | Comments (1)

Recently, researchers discovered a critical link that could be the difference between surviving cardiac arrest… and not. In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating due to an electrical glitch (unlike a heart attack where blood flow to the heart is blocked). Anything that disrupts your heart’s rhythm (including a heart attack) could potentially trigger […]

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The Potential Of Statins To Impair Brain Function And Memory

| December 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

In recent times there has been increasing awareness of the sorts of health issues that statins can induce. It is now becoming much more recognised, for instance, that these drugs can impact on mental functioning, including memory. In fact, back in 2012, the FDA in the US issued a warning that: “There have been rare […]

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The Link Between Statins And Impaired Brain Function

| September 26, 2013 | Comments (1)

My blog last week focused on the potential impact statins have on the development or symptoms of dementia and impaired brain function. Interest in this area is part of the growing recognition that statins have the ability to affect brain functioning. As I mentioned last week, even the Food and Drugs Administration in the US […]

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More Evidence On Cholesterol’s Role In Healthy Brain Function

| August 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Although the current vogue is for us to put downward pressure on our cholesterol levels, there is at least some evidence that this actually poses hazards for health. For example, studies have linked cholesterol reduction with adverse effects on brain function. Recently, I came across a British Medical Journal study dating from 1990 that made […]

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Statins May Damage Nerve Cells

| May 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

We are often assured that cholesterol-lowering statins are ‘very safe’, but you’ll find countless first-hand accounts on the internet from people whose experience suggests otherwise. Leaving aside side effects such as liver and kidney damage, which may not give rise to immediate symptoms; in on-line forums and relevant blogs tales of muscle pain, fatigue and […]

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62% of Patients Stop Taking Statins Due to Side Effects

| March 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

It is now widely known that statins have the ability to cause side effects such as fatigue, muscular pain and mental impairment, as well as increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. In some patients, the adverse effects of statins seem obvious. I saw a patient recently who suffered from mental symptoms (poor memory and […]

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How Statins Affect Brain Function

| August 30, 2012 | Comments (22)

While some doctors and researchers seem keen to downplay the potential hazards of statins, their use is linked with a range of unwanted effects including muscle weakness, muscle pain, liver damage and kidney damage. These are all well-recognised side-effects from this form of medication. However, there is also some thought that statins can affect brain […]

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