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Confirmed Again: Statin Drugs Accelerate Cardiovascular Disease

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  • One in four Americans over the age of 45 take a statin drug to reduce their cholesterol. Most are prescribed a statin as a primary prevention strategy against heart attack and stroke
  • In one recent study, statin use was associated with a 52 percent increased prevalence and extent of calcified coronary plaque compared to non-users
  • A second study showed type 2 diabetics with advanced atherosclerosis who are frequent statin users have significantly higher amounts of coronary artery calcification compared to less frequent users of the drug
  • Statins have been shown to significantly increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.In one study, statins increased the risk of type 2 diabetics in postmenopausal women by 48 percent
  • Adverse effects of statin drugs include muscle problems, nerve damage in hands and feet, immune depression, pancreas and liver dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, cataracts, memory loss, and an increased risk of cancer
  • If you're on a statin drug, you must take at least 100-200 mg of ubiquinol or CoQ10 per day as statins deplete your body of CoQ10

By Dr. Mercola

Statins are the world's most-prescribed class of medications. A staggering one in four Americans over the age of 45 now take cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Pravachol, Mevacor, Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, and others. A majority of them are taking these drugs for primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes.


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