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Joe Piscatella posted:
Statin drugs are one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States. In fact, more than 20 million Americans take them, including me. They are very helpful in reducing LDL ("bad") cholesterol. But recently, the FDA has cited some rare side effects that we should be aware of.

The first is an every-day forgetfulness or even memory loss, things like forgetting where you put your keys or forgetting how to balance your checkbook. Some people describe it as feeling "fuzzy headed."

The second side effect is a small increase in the rise of blood sugar, which can result in an increased risk of diabetes. And diabetes, in turn, increases the risk of heart disease, so an increase in blood sugar is not a good thing.

What am I going to do? I need the statin drug to combat LDL cholesterol, but would like to avoid these side effects. Well, I'm not going to stop taking my statin drug. I need to remember that the FDA is not telling me to get off a statin, it just wants me to have the full picture. Indeed, the FDA states that the benefits of statin drugs far outweigh the risks.

At the same time, however, I am going to check with my doctor. Perhaps there is another statin drug or lower dosage that would maintain my LDL benefit but lower side effect risk. And, of course, I'm going to continue to eat a diet that helps me to manage my cholesterol.
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It is important to be aware of new recommendations and warnings that evolve from current science, but it is equally important to maintain a healthy perspective.
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Katishome responded:
I dont even take the meds. and I have memory loss bad! I forget where i put my keys, my purse, if I took my meds. I could go on! I am constantly walking around in circles looking for something!


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