Researchers have discovered new, previously little known side effects of Statin drugs. The scary part is that these side effects could actually prevent you from lowering your cholesterol level.
The stronger the Statin drug, the worse your side effects could be: This is from a study released this summer in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
A brief double-blind study conducted on over 1,000 participants and studying the effects of 2 different statin drugs showed that that MAJORITY of participants reported symptoms of fatigue. And women are even more affected than men.
It also showed that the stronger the drug, the worse the fatigue was reported to be.
Study participants with “slightly” elevated LDL but with no evidence of heart disease or stroke were given either a simvastatin or pravastatin. A control group was given a placebo. Simvastatins, while more effective at reducing the LDL levels, also accounted for more fatigue.
These findings, while predictable, are also frustrating considering that one of the most important keys to reducing LDL cholesterol is increasing physical activity. And when looking at the reasons many people don’t or won’t exercise, fatigue is generally listed at the top.
The bottom line is that while there was some improvement in LDL numbers from taking Statins, there was also a documented side effect that for many people wouldn’t be worth the risk and could even raise your cholesterol level in the long haul.