I recently wrote an article for my column with Sinclair News on this topic.
What is so alarming is the fact the the Big PhRMA firms that have been manufacturing these drugs for more than 20 years knew the risks. What’s worse in my mind is that they also probably knew the effects on health would be serious and there was really no long term benefit other than their own bank account and shareholder dividends.
Is it worth it to you to trade in your health? After reading this new report you might begin to wonder if you already haven’t.
Statin drugs can accelerate cardiovascular problems, a new report has discovered. The drugs harden the major arteries, they are a main cause of type 2 diabetes in healthy people and accelerate the major health problems in those who already have diabetes, say researchers from the Phoenix Veterans Affairs’ Healthcare System in Arizona.
Researchers monitored the health of 197 patients with type 2 diabetes and their use of stains. Coronary artery rigidity, or calcification, was far more accelerated in the patients who were regular statin users. Patients who weren’t initially taking a statin soon developed hardening of the coronary arteries once they started using the drug regularly. The researchers fear their latest discoveries are just he tip of the iceberg of statin-associated adverse effects. Their database lists 300 different adverse side-effects, including weakening of the heart muscle and increases in the risk of type 2 diabetes by 48% especially in post-menopausal women.
(Diabetes Care, 2012 Aug 8; Epub ahead of print: PMID: 22875226.)
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