Scientists find no association between statins and pain, urge patients to keep taking pills – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast
by: Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Strong new evidence has emerged challenging the association between cholesterol-lowering drugs and muscle pain, stiffness and weakness.
Previous to research shows that drugs, known as statins, are linked to common symptoms. As a result, many patients stop taking their pills.
A revolutionary novelty study shows that the listed side effect is not caused by statins, but by something else.
The University of Oxford researchers looked at 23 papers for a combined total of 124,000 patients. Some were taking statins while others were taking a placebo. The results showed that there was no difference in the number of patients who reported pain between the two groups, leading the researchers to conclude that the pain is a result of aging and not of the medication that save lives.
“Cardiovascular disease rates are rising rapidly,” study author Dr. Christina Reith said in a Press release. “Statin therapies are affordable and widely available, and are a key tool to help prevent preventable disability and death. We hope that these results will help doctors and patients make informed decisions about whether to start or continue statin therapy and that the information provided to doctors and patients will be reviewed in light of the results of our study. .
More than 200 million people worldwide take statins for their heart health.