Statins linked to lasting kidney damage
When it comes to buying airtime, billion-dollar drugs like Crestor, Lipitor and Zocor are giving a certain green gecko a run for his money. In fact, these days the only way to avoid the constant onslaught of commercials for cholesterol-lowering statins is to turn off your television.
But I’m hoping a new study takes some of the Madison Avenue shine off of these potentially unsafe, and possibly even deadly, drugs for good.
Canadian researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 2 million people over the age of 40 who were taking statins, and they found that these Big Pharma sweethearts weren’t nearly as friendly to your body as their upbeat commercials make them seem.
In fact, patients on high-doses of statins like Crestor, Lipitor, and Zocor were a whopping 34 percent more likely to be hospitalized with acute kidney injury during their first 120 days of treatment compared to those taking lower doses! Plus their risk of kidney damage stayed higher for a full two years after they started popping these pills.
Statin side-effects aren’t exactly breaking news — previous research has already linked the drugs to muscle pain and weakness and liver damage. But this latest study is a new reminder that these pills could be dangerous. No one knows for sure why statins may hurt kidneys, but the fact that they could break down muscles and prevent you from properly digesting food may put your kidneys at risk.
Our Creator only gave us two kidneys, and I’m not about to take any chances with mine. Stick with safe, natural cures like flaxseed oil, omega-7 fatty acids, and red yeast rice to get your cholesterol levels under control — and work with your doctor to give these dodgy statins their walking papers once and for all.
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