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July 12, 2008 at 12:43 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Statins and Depression

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Currently, nearly 150 million Americans suffer from borderline to high cholesterol levels. Most of these sufferers are told by their physicians to watch their diet and get plenty of exercise. Some of these sufferers may even be prescribed a Statin drug to help treat their condition. Many of these sufferers with high cholesterol levels do not realize are that there are realistic dangers and side effects associated with Statin drugs. Statin drugs are not only linked to liver damage, muscle damage, and cancer but also linked to severe depression as well.

Statin Drugs and Depression

Statin drugs are used to treat patients with high cholesterol. According to an article by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD, Statin drugs work by inhibiting enzymes that cause the production of cholesterol in the body. Because Statin drugs inhibit these enzymes it causes a lot of problem and numerous side effects. This is because the drugs not only inhibit the production of cholesterol, but a whole family of substances that control cholesterol levels. Many of these substances, if not all, have very important biochemical functions. (1) The article goes on to say that there have been numerous studies done that have linked depression to Statin drugs and low cholesterol levels. One study by Duke University Medical Center took 121 young women between the ages of 18 to 27 and measured their personality traits. The researchers at Duke found that almost 40 percent of the participants with low cholesterol levels scored very high on having personality traits that were prone to depression. The other 19 percent of participants that had normal to high levels of cholesterol did not show any personality traits that were prone to depression. (1) According to the University of California at San Diego, Some patients taking Statins do report mood changes while they are on the medication. Additionally, the same patients confessed to a loss of interest in activities and in social involvement. Other patients reported extreme depression when they were on the medication but felt back to normal when the medication was halted. In some rare cases a few patients experienced episodes of violence, psychosis, and suicide while on the medication but the episodes ceased after the medication was halted. (2)

Healthier Ways to Control Cholesterol

We live in a society where people want a quick and easy fix to all of their problems that are health related. By doing that some tend to see only the immediate results over how it is going to affect their life and their body in the future. What many do not know is that people who suffer from high cholesterol can actually lower it changing their diet and lifestyle. (3) Diet and exercise may take longer to lower your cholesterol levels; however, they are a safer and healthy long term fix to the problem.





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