05 September 2012
Statin drugs – designed to protect against heart disease by lowering cholesterol – are killers, and accelerate cardiovascular problems, a damning new report has discovered.
The drugs harden the main arteries, they are a main cause of type 2 diabetes in healthy people, and they accelerate the major health problems in diabetics, say researchers from the Phoenix Veterans Affairs’ Healthcare System. In short, the drugs help cause heart disease and death.
They monitored the health of 197 patients with type 2 diabetes and their use of statins. Coronary artery hardening, or calcification, was far more accelerated in the patients who were regular statin users compared to those who took the drugs only occasionally.
Patients who weren’t initially taking a statin quickly developed aortic artery hardening once they started taking the drug regularly.
The researchers fear their latest discoveries are but the tip of an iceberg of statin-associated adverse effects. Their database lists 300 adverse effects, including the weakening of the heart and increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes by 48 per cent in post-menopausal women.
(Source: Diabetes Care, 2012; epublished ahead of print: PMID: 22875226).
For further information on this subject, please see the following (there are many more books and website available) -
The Statin Damage Crisis by Dr Duane Graveline
The Great Cholesterol Con by Dr Malcolm Kendrick
Fat And Cholesterol Are Good For You by Dr Uffe Ravnskov
Ignore The Awkward by Dr Uffe Ravnskov
Trick And Treat: How Healthy Eating Is Making Us Ill by Dr Barry Groves
Cholesterol And Health – The Truth About Cholesterol