Health Problems that Statins can Solve

Statin medication
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There is a whole lot of good received from the intake of statins, a drug known to reduce cholesterol production in the liver, especially when considering dementia, cataracts, cancer, and coronary diseases. Research continues to show statins can solve several health problems.

There are different doses of statins that a doctor may recommend and a good many studies weighing its pros and cons.

When we talk about statins and their equal doses, this is the formula the Society uses: lovastatin 40mg = pravastatin 40mg = simvastatin 20mg = atorvastatin 10mg = fluvastatin 80mg = rosuvastatin 5mg.

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Pros

  • Preventing coronary artery disease and cardiovascular events: According to a study from 2007-2011, even those with low cholesterol levels see a major difference when treated with statins aggressively. Furthermore, a Japanese cohort study concluded that there was a significant decrease in decrease in cholesterol for those deemed to have really high levels.
  • Preventing dementia: Since most patients using statin to lower cardiovascular diseases are the elderly, and this population is most prone to developing dementia, studies have realized that statin use has actually improved the mind’s function. The latest study by the European Society of Cardiology looked at over a million patients in Taiwan, finding that “patients who received the highest total equivalent doses of statins had a 3-fold decrease in the risk of developing dementia…Higher doses of high potency statins gave the strongest protective effects against dementia.” Going by the comparison previously mentioned, this makes rosuvastatin the best drug on the market for dementia prevention.
  • Preventing cataracts: Over 20 million people in the world suffer from cataract development, with statins prescribed to 1 in 3 people suffering from the impairment. A new study looking at 25,000 people with cataracts found that statins reduced the rate of the impairment by 20%. Furthermore, the younger the person is the more effective the statin, with 50% effectiveness around age 40 and reduced to 10% once past the age of 70. If the treatment is ongoing for a duration of 14 years, however, the risk reduction is increased to 55%. There is no gender difference.
  • Preventing cancer: A 2005 study looking at 1953 patients has found that statins also reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 47%. Further studies are underway, as once it was believed that statins increased the risk of cancer. Today, research no longer supports that theory. Statins may also help reduce the effects of other cancers, but we will have to wait and see.

Cons

  • Increased chance of diabetes: Studies show that there may be an increased risk of developing diabetes, especially with the higher doses, which poses a problem for those battling dementia. A doctor should always be consulted to figure out the best balance.

There are many drugs that statins should not be mixed with. Care should be taken if one is prescribed 2 or more different medications to combat different conditions.

There are no miracle drugs out there without side-effects. However, when weighing the pros and the cons, statins most definitely come in handy and are great recommendations for the treatment of a myriad of diseases. Were it that most other drugs would have their pros outweigh the cons so heavily.

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