For many people, medication is just part of daily life. You take the pills you’re prescribed, go about your day, and don’t think too much about it. However, many pharmaceutical medications have intense side effects that can have a significant impact on your health. This includes statins, a class of drugs.
What Are Statins?
Statins are a type of medication that lower cholesterol. Since high cholesterol is one of the most common health problems in the United States, statins are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States.
Statins work by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase. This enzyme controls cholesterol production in the liver. Over time, this medication is supposed to reduce the amount of HMG-CoA that is produced by the liver.
The Dangerous Side Effect That’s Been Hidden from You
People talk about medication side effects all the time. Sleep medications, psychiatric medications, and other pharmaceuticals are often discussed—yet statins seem to be left out of the discussion. The general consensus seems to be that statins are incredibly safe, and so have very little risk.
However, that’s simply not true. Statins have several serious side effects that can significantly affect your quality of life and your ability to meet your obligations. Muscle pain is a common side effect of statin use.
In some users, muscle pain becomes so severe over time that they have difficulty getting out of bed, going to work, and living without day-to-day pain.
Another scary side effect of statins is their effect on sleep. After starting statins, many people report difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Unfortunately, this may lead to doctors writing yet another prescription, this one with even more side effects. Taking statins can affect your energy levels, your pain levels, and your enjoyment of life.
What does this mean for middle-aged adults, those who are most commonly prescribed statin medications? It means that a better solution is needed. Current cholesterol guidelines could put as many as 50% of American adults in the high cholesterol range. This may lead to the prescription of statins and the side effects listed above.
What to Do Next
How can you protect yourself from the side effects of statins? Of course, the easiest thing to do is not get put on statins in the first place. If your doctor tells you your cholesterol is high, you may want to look for other options first. Find out if your cholesterol is really negatively impacting your health and if it needs treatment.
You may also want to inquire about alternative treatments. A healthy diet that’s low in processed fat and additives can have a great effect on your cholesterol, as can regular exercise. Spend some time improving your diet and fitness habits and have your levels checked again before going on medications.
The risks of statins have long been hidden, and they need to be discussed. Before you decide to spend your life dependent on this drug, learn more about how you can control your cholesterol naturally.
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