Your Pain Might Be Caused by These Drugs.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) January 10, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new health breakthrough finding why statins, among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world, are a hidden cause of muscle pain. The study currently appears in the Journal of American College of Cardiology.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/pain-articles/your-pain-might-be-caused-by-these-drugs) notes, statins are the go-to drug class for people who have a high cholesterol level, which puts them at risk of heart disease. Statins work by stopping the liver’s ability to produce cholesterol. They are the most effective, most potent medications around for lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and about 30% of adults wind up taking them. The likelihood rises with age.
As the article “Your Pain Might Be Caused by These Drugs” reports, a well-known side effect of statin therapy is muscle pain, and up to 75% of patients (who are physically active) who take such drugs experience that pain. The discomfort can prevent people from taking their medicine or from exercising, which are both problematic.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article outlines the findings of the Danish researchers, noting that they have discovered what could be causing statins to trigger such muscle pain. The new study shows that statin drugs affect how muscles produce energy. This theory is driving the idea that statins cause muscle weakness and pain in patients. The study also showed that the patients taking statins had low levels of one key protein: Q10. When Q10 is depleted, there is lower energy production in the muscles, and this could be the trigger for muscle pain caused by statin therapy.
The article concludes, noting that an older literature review had found a 0.5% drop in all-cause deaths for people who take statins to lower cholesterol levels. This means that for every 200 patients taking statins daily for five years, one death would be prevented.
While Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin advises readers to talk to their doctor before discontinuing any medication, including statins, it notes that with statins being of only marginal benefit, there are natural ways to lower cholesterol that don’t carry such painful side effects.
(SOURCE: Larsen, S., et al., “Simvastatin Effects on Skeletal Muscle Relation to Decreased Mitochondrial Function and Glucose Intolerance,” J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2013; 61(1): 44-53.)
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