Brian, glad to hear you are doing better, don't get me wrong I am not trying to get anyone to stop taking them, just be educated about what you take. I am taking other meds with the goal of getting off all of them If I can. Good Luck and hope you continue to improve...
Very interesting to say the least, thanks for the info..
As HPNPilot states, statins have been proven to reduce the risk of coronary deaths in multiple studies. Without reading the original article, you are going on a newspaper interpretation. The senior author, Dr JoAnn E. Manson, recommends simply be aware that if a person is not a diabetic, they should watch for symptoms of diabetes. She does not recommend stopping statins.
Diabetes is just not a well understood disease. One part of theb diabetes process is that it is involved in increased risk of CHD. In fact, CHD, is most likely the biggest killer of diabetics.
In 2004, heart disease noted on death certificates on 68% of diabetic patients aged 65 and older
Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes.
The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes
In 2004, heart disease was noted on 68% of diabetes-related death certificates among people aged 65 years or older.
I posted this the other day, not a newspaper interpretation. no one is suggesting that anyone stop taking statins, just be aware and question your doctor about it..
While there have been some moderate demonstrations of improvements in CVD deaths, the mortality statistics are not very convincing. What I have always found shocking is that the data that I saw suggested that the CVD risks were double with a HbA1c of 6% (over a normal HbA1c) independent of cholesterol, suggesting that high blood sugars are in fact a much more significant CVD risk than cholesterol. Despite this, we treat diabetes patients for their CVD risk with statins, rather than lowering their blood sugar.
Personally, I had side effects with statins, there is no way I would ever take another statin. It turns out, my cholesterol abnormalities were significantly improved with improved blood sugar control (surprise).
Sometimes we need to think outside the box, as in let's treat HIGH BLOOD SUGAR, first then revisit the other symptoms and so on. keep improving your health.
"Be informed, educated and pro active in your healthcare"
High blood sugar is the clear and present danger and needs to be confronted. Instead we get "An A1C of 7 is fine, you're doing good" and oh by the way take these statins to deal with the heart disease risk caused by the high blood sugar.
I agree Brian. My husband has coronary artery disease on both sides of his family and his cholesterol was high. He takes a statin. It is interesting that he had an angioplasty last year and now has another blocked artery despite the statin.
Four years ago I refused to take statins and blood pressure pills just because I have T2. My cholesterol levels have always been normal and my blood pressure has always been too low. I have no family history of coronary artery disease and lots of T2s on one side.
I think we all have to weigh the risks and benefits of the medications that are prescribed. Like Starfire I'm glad that you are doing well Brian. Cheers! :) Joanne
It is amazing that you are responding to my comment today. Nine years ago today, I was in the operation room receiving five bypass arteries and having a valve repaired in my heart. Today, I haven't felt this good in a very long time. I took my Statin today. I will take it tomorrow as well. CAD runs in both sides of my family, as does diabetes run rampant in one side. Let's see, I had a lot of drugs today, and a little bit if insulin too! :)
Happy Anniversary!! Good to hear that you are doing so well.
I wish they had these warnings 3 years ago when I started to take statins. I didn't have a bad reaction until about a year after I started to take them. I had muscle wasting, memory loss, balance problems and way too low BP. I had joint pain in places I didn't know I had joints. I felt like I aged 30 years in a few months. I was becoming disabled very quickly. I took myself off of them and within a few months most of my symptoms were gone. My bgs came back to normal and very slowly my muscles are rebuilding. When you think about how many older people are on statins and have joint and muscle and memory problems, it makes you wonder. The research on Statins is very sketchy and I am glad they are finally taking a look at it. Big Pharma created a problem and then of course developed an expensive drug to fix it. It is amazing after 30 years of statins heart disease has not gone down.
Wow!! sorry to hear your health paid for their mistakes, hope you are doing better without them. of course i am a believer that is person is a case by case challenge and should be acted on as such.
since i stopped taking them, seems like i am getting better sleep..the statin news is getting bigger and more tv exposure. that is a good thing. take care