Statins do not lower mortality in women with CHD
I read one thing that makes me think I should resume taking the statins, then I read something else that makes me think I should not:
As severe as some of these short-term side effects can be, they pale into relative insignificance when compared to the potential long-term problems. The chief difficulty here is that no one knows what the long-term effects may be from altering the basic biochemistry of the human body over a period of time. Because cholesterol is the key element in the formation of cell membranes, which are the protective coat for the cells, it may be that blocking cholesterol’s production will weaken the protective barrier and allow the entry of toxins or carcinogens that were previously excluded. There are disturbing reports of increased cancer in some cholesterol-lowering studies, but, in fact, this process may take many years to play out. It’s enough at this point to acknowledge that the long-term effects are completely unknown. This is a risk that should receive serious attention before half the population is placed on these drugs, that, in effect, accomplish nothing more than low-dose aspirin or an extra glass or two of water each day.
Curtis E (passim) The Cholesterol Delusion http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/statins/statin-madness/
For me the jury is still out, but that seems a good enough reason not to do something that’s changes the body’s natural metabolism so drastically.
Check out articles by Anthony Colpo. Not his website which is messy and irritating, but his books and/or peer reviewed studies
Next study to be researched. The argument about Co enzyme Q10 seems to me to be very important. Perhaps the answer is not to take statins until I know they are going to do me more good than harm.
I’ve read a lot more websites and journal articles and am none the wiser, just more confused. Many of the opponents of the diet heart thesis appear to be cranks or doctors with private practice and their own string of supplements to push. Others seem genuine. The NHS Choices website sounds vaguely sceptical about Statins – or at least doesn’t push them.I’m going back to taking them for now though because there does seem such a lot of evidence that they are helpful for people who’ve already had heart disease and that LDL is implicated in atherosclerosis. However, I plan to collect some key articles and discuss it with Dr Paton. GIven that my cholesterol is not terribly high (in fact it’s in what Kendrick sees as the ideal range) and that the heart disease is minor, I do wonder why I’m taking these powerful drugs.