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Cholesterol Meds Making You Tired?

Posted Mar 15 2009 3:39pm

ECG PLOT AND ZOCOR BOTTLE SIMVASTATIN HEART DISEASE Do you know what Statins are? Perhaps you’ve heard the word a few times but never had enough interest to look in to it. Maybe you do know what statins are, but just in case, I’m going to fill you in.

Statins (Pronounced “Stat-ins) are drugs used to lower cholesterol by inhibiting enzymes called HGM CoA Reductase, which contributes to the synthesis of bad cholesterol.

Many people take Statin drugs such as Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, etc. to reduce their LDL Cholesterol. The University Of California, San Diego conducted a study of people in their 50’s between 200 and 2005 in which they divided 1016 people in to three separate groups. One group was given Placebo while the other two groups were given 20 milligrams of the Statin drug Pravachol and Zocor. The study showed that the ones that were given Zocor had reduced levels and activity and energy while the group that used Pravachol had reduced energy levels.

They worried that people taking statin drugs that had energy and activity reducing effects may succumb to other cardiovascular problems due to the decrease in physical activity. However,  Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, a professor of cardiology from the University of California, Los Angeles argues that there is insufficient evidence linking fatigue to the Statin drugs and that the benefits of statins outweighs the possible energy reducing side effects that this study shows.

“There is not sufficient evidence that statins cause fatigue,” said Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This is not a serious issue for most patients.”

What else do we know about cholesterol and how can you reduce the chance of having cholesterol related problems? Some people are more genetically prone to high cholesterol while others bring it upon themselves by eating foods high in animal fats. Vegetarians are much less prone to having cholesterol related problems because plant based food sources do not contain cholesterol unless it is introduced in to a processed plant based food source.

Unfortunately people are still not educated enough about cholesterol until it becomes a problem and they need to take steps to reduce their cholesterol levels. Trans fats are a high contributor to bad cholesterol levels. You can reduce your risk by watching your trans fat intake. States like California are taking steps to eliminate trans fats from fast food restaurants. While this may make the fast food we eat slightly safer, it still doesn’t make it healthy.

Statins are a good thing to reduce cholesterol levels…in people that need drastic reduction of their cholesterol. For people that are young and don’t have major cholesterol problems, the best way to reduce or prevent cholesterol issues is to take the measures in your diet to ensure that you don’t have to worry about cholesterol in the future. Again, knowledge is power and if we can educate ourselves and our children we can do our part in creating a healthy environment within out bodies and minds.

If you would like to read more about the Statin and fatigue study visit and read the entire study.

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