“There is much that is still not understood about statins, and it is increasingly apparent that they have a dark side.”
The major adverse effect of statins is muscle weakness and degradation, called myopathy or rhabdomyolysis, which can range from mild to severe.
Understand that among low risk patients, the benefit-to-risk ratio associated with statin use is also lower. Indeed, in low-risk people, it is possible that statin-induced adverse effects may exceed the potential benefits. This is especially pertinent when we consider that, once an individual has begun to use them, statins are likely to be used for many years, Statins may have other adverse effects that are less common than myopathy, ranging from macular degeneration (central vision loss), to acute pancreatitis, worsening of diabetes mellitus, and drug-induced pneumonia. Statins, especially simvastatin, can induce a lupus-like syndrome. Cases of drug-induced polio due to cholesterol-lowering drugs have also been reported.
The drug companies are trying to convince us we must lower our cholesterol level below 200, preferably below 170. Is that wise? If you lower your cholesterol level, will you live longer? What do the scientific studies reveal? This tape set discusses the danger of statin drugs, and reveals what you can do to protect your heart and your life.