The FDA announced this week new warnings on Statin Drugs.
Statin drugs are frequently used by medical doctors to attempt to lower cholesterol levels. This drug process is often thought of by nutrition experts as a cash cow for the drug companies, since they are the kind of drug that is taken on forever basis.
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Certain cognitive (brain-related) effects have been reported with statin use. Statin labels will now include information about some patients experiencing memory loss and confusion. These reports generally have not been serious and the patients’ symptoms were reversed by stopping the statin. However, patients should still alert their health care professional if these symptoms occur.
Increases in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) have been reported with statin use. The FDA is also aware of studies showing that patients being treated with statins may have a small increased risk of increased blood sugar levels and of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The labels will now warn healthcare professionals and patients of this potential risk.