The undeniable TRUTH about statins: Cholesterol lowering drugs are linked to memory loss and brain impairment
The problem is: these cholesterol lowering drugs have serious side effects – including memory issues and other brain-related problems. Today, we feature the latest (shocking) news about these drugs. But, remember, don’t ever stop taking a medication prescribed by your doctor without talking about strategy that works best for you.
To be perfectly clear, pharmaceutical companies don’t really want the public to know this, but cognitive decline and memory loss are major side effects of this controversial (and highly profitable) drug class.
People who take statins are more likely to experience learning difficulties, memory loss and depression
Systematic reviews of the literature have already drummed up dozens of high quality studies showing how statins (called called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) cause adverse effects, including neuropathy, sexual dysfunction, liver damage, high blood sugar, and muscle pain (to name a few).
But perhaps one of the most troubling adverse effects is cognitive impairment – specifically memory loss. It’s even listed right on the prescription bottle as a side effect!
Other cognitive-related problems caused by statins include learning difficulties, irritability, depression, and anxiety. Plus, research indicates that almost half of all women taking statins develop diabetes – a life-altering chronic condition that can significantly increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
Myth EXPOSED: Cholesterol isn’t even the main culprit behind heart disease
High cholesterol has been more or less demonized by the media over the past several decades. But the REAL major culprits behind heart disease have nothing to do with how much cholesterol you have in your blood!
In fact, the real factors that effect heart health include: stress, sugar, trans fat, inflammation and free radicals. Another thing, hard to believe for many people taking statins, is that these drugs can actually cause heart disease.
With all this in mind, you may be wondering (like we are) why so many doctors still recommend statins as the go-to line of defense against cholesterol. Not to be cynical, but here’s a hint: Big pharma is a lot like politics – just follow the money.
Statins are the best-selling prescription drug class in the United States. Atorvastatin (you’ve seen it blasted all over commercials as Lipitor) is the best-selling prescription drug in the world.
We’ll wrap up by pointing out a frank and potentially frightening correlation:
- More than 20% of Americans between the ages of 40 and 75 are currently taking statins – and the U.S. CDC readily admits that the prevalence is on the rise.
- What’s also on the rise in this country? Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s disease – now the sixth leading cause of death in our country.
And while the research can’t definitively say (yet) if statins are a driving cause of this growing problem, we find it hard to pass up as pure coincidence.
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