You have probably heard of statin drugs like Crestor, Lipitor, and Zocor.
Lately, the statins have taken a lot of heat, because of the studies which are coming out, concluding that they do more harm than good.
In the USA, the prescription drug spending rose to $374 billion in the year 2014 (the highest level of spending since 2001). They make for a huge portion of spending, and the consumers of such drugs will have a lot more to worry about then the damage to their wallets.
There was a study conducted by the American Journal of Physiology, which have stated that statins “…impact on other biologic properties of stem cells provides a novel explanation for their adverse clinical effects.”
What the study specifically states is that such adverse effects include advancing the “process of aging” and also notes that long – term use of them has been associated with adverse effects which include myopathy, neurological side effects, as well as an increased risk of diabetes.
Myopathy is actually skeletal muscle weakness.
The statins make the cells unable to repair in a proper way, and they also create nerve problems, and destroy the memory.
The experts in the study suggested that the health issues incurred because the statins have been downplayed in the recent years. The people that consume these drugs usually report having fatigue, cataracts, muscle pain, liver damage and loss of memory as well.
The drugs have also been proven to mess with cells in a way that their main purpose is to reproduce, and the process of body repair is also blocked. One stem cell biologist and lead author of the published study, named Professor Reza Izadpanah, have stated:
“Our study shows statins may speed up the aging process.People who use statins as a preventative medicine for [health] should think again as our research shows that they may have general unwanted effects on the body which could include muscle pain, nerve problems, and joint problems.”
Despite the health problems which are linked with statin drugs, the FDA also says that people should not be scared from them.
While the FDA has expressed on its online site that “Cognitive (brain-related) impairment, such as memory loss, forgetfulness, and confusion, has been reported by some statin users” and that “People being treated with statins may have an increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes,” they maintain its safety and effectiveness as well.
The site directs the attention of the people to the advice of the deputy director for safety in the FDA’s Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products (DMEP), named Amy G. Egan, M.D., M.P.H.
She says: “This new information should not scare people off statins. Their benefit is indisputable, but they need to be taken with care and knowledge of their side effects.”
This is also not hard to dispute, especially after some previous study, we beg to differ. And what is great and healthy about accelerated aging, as well as muscle weakness, memory loss and cells that function improperly?
The need to continually assess prescription drugs and some older studies that tout their benefits …
All these findings have opened up the importance of researching the benefits of the prescription drugs, which is hopefully something that the people will continue doing, to say well informed and in the best possible shape.
There was also another similar study which opened up the eyes of many people, as well as involved the adolescent antidepressant “Paxil,” which has made headlines when a re-analysis of one original study, which had shown incomplete information and exposed all the errors.
Although, in reality, the drug was not considered to be safe and efficient because of its recommended demographic.
One professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, named Brian Nosek, says that “signals that the community is waking up, checking its work and doing what science is supposed to do — self-correct.”