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Statins Trigger Brain Changes With Devastating Effects

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Statin drugs are associated with an increased risk of depression and anxiety. Researchers also find they increase acts of aggression and violence, raise the risk of suicide and compromise cognition
  • The number of people taking the drugs increased to 35 million in the U.S. following new recommendations in 2016
  • The scientific community is marked by a significant lack of interest in investigating the effects on personality
  • Other known side effects include musculoskeletal disorders, atherosclerosis, cataracts, neurodegenerative diseases and osteoporosis
  • Your protection may be increased by evaluating your risk of heart disease, understanding your cholesterol numbers and analyzing your iron levels and overall diet

Data from the CDC in 2017 show heart disease causes one death every 37 seconds in America and that it is the leading cause of death in the U.S. It created a financial burden of $219 billion in 2014 and 2015. Every 40 seconds someone has a heart attack. Those at higher risk are smokers and those who have high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and/or diabetes.

Since researchers believed cholesterol levels contribute greatly to heart disease, pharmaceutical companies focused on developing a drug that might be marketed to millions when they first began searching for a “cure” to what is known as “hardening of the arteries.” After a historical journey beginning in the mid-20th century, the first statin drug was released in 1987 — lovastatin.


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