Lipitor and statin drugs and their non-organic benefits

Lipitor, statin drugs and the non-organic benefits

By Jim Fain

In the commercial the world famous heart surgeon says, “I’ll trust my heart to Lipitor®”. But does he trust his muscles, brain and body to the same drug?

Lipitor® is a statin drug that is prescribed to lower cholesterol levels. There are many other statin drugs available but only this one has been clinically studied and proven to lower cholesterol and heart attacks. But, since statins of any kind work in a similar way, it is likely they all have similar advantages and disadvantages.

It was well known a decade ago that statins can cause side effects. The most common one and serious one has to do with damage to muscles causing aches and pain. From the number of people I’ve talked with, I think it is more common than we are led to believe.

The trouble with the drug is that it blocks the natural production of a good thing called CoQ-10. CoQ-10 is produced in the liver in much the same way cholesterol is made: statins block cholesterol production but also CoQ-10. When production of this good guy is too low, muscle disease follows. Therefore, anyone on a prescribed statin should supplement with 90 to 120 mg/day of CoQ-10, even if they do not have muscle trouble.

Since more than a decade has passed since Lipitor® came out, there have been plenty of patients and time to study the long-term effects of the drug. Drawbacks do show up and often in a surprising way.

People usually start taking statins in middle age. Around 60 years, people begin to set the stage for dementias and Alzheimer’s disease. The brain, as it turns out, is a big user of CoQ-10, so guess what … dementias are beginning to show. Yes, the statins reduce the bad plaque that may be associated with dementia but it also reduces healthful Co-Q10.

So far I’ve covered the muscles and the brain but what is the impact of long term statin use on the rest of the body?

A July 2007 paper in the American Journal of Cardiology from Tufts University affirmed the muscle troubles of statins but also found “… the risk of cancer is significantly associated with lower achieved LDL levels.” LDL is the “bad” cholesterol that is connected to most heart attacks.

The bottom line is that the lower the LDL, the lower the risk of heart attack but you increase the risk of cancer. The value of the marker established was 100 mg/dL. The risk of cancer was greatly increased the lower you went from this number.

If heart attack and cancer are in your personal or family history you need to talk with your prescribing doctor about how to balance this risk.

For me, I have both risks. I’ll supplement with natural products to lower my cholesterol, try to keep my LDL around 100 mg/dL, supplement with CoQ-10, Omega3s and reduce chronic inflammation with Cox-2 inhibitors. Then I’ll enjoy a glass of red wine, laugh and love my family and friends.

 

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