muscle pain

  1. New push to give you cholesterol meds

    New statin guidelines will lead to mass medication

    Not on statins yet? Just wait -- it's only a matter of time before your doctor pushes one of these cholesterol meds on you.

    Doesn't matter if you don't have so-called "high" cholesterol.

    Doesn't matter if you're healthy in almost every way.

    It doesn't even matter if you're slim, trim and full of vigor and vim.

    All that matters is some cockamamie calculator that's supposed to measure your risk based on bogus mainstream health measures. A spin on this rigged wheel of misfortunate (yes, RIGGED -- more on that in a moment) is supposed to determine your 10-year heart attack risk.

    And if yours is at or above just 7.5 percent, your doc is supposed to foist a statin on you, according to the new decree from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

    It's nothing more than a sloppy, wet kiss for the drug industry -- because when all's said and done, these guidelines are expected to double the number of statin users to 72 million Americans.

    That's 3 in 5 of everyone over the age of 45, and twice as many as the insane number of people already on these drugs right now.

    And for what? FOR NOTHING, because it's been proven time and again that statins do two things for most people: diddly and squat!

    One major analysis by the Cochrane Collaboration found that you'd have to drug 1,000 people for a year to save one life.

    That might be worth it anyway if the drugs came with no risks at all -- but you know that's not the case. Statin drugs can cause severe, lasting and debilitating muscle pain -- even muscle disintegration -- and choke your kidneys and liver.

    They can ruin your sex life, steal your memory and cause depression.

    Think I'm done? Not by a long shot!

    Last year, the FDA warned that the drugs can CAUSE diabetes. This isn't a remote risk, either, as studies have shown they can cause the disease in 1 of every 162 of the patients who take them.

    With 72 million people on statins, that could mean close to half a million new diabetics caused by medication.

    That's not medicine. That's malpractice.

    I'm not done with this story yet. Keep reading for more on that calculator I just mentioned.

  2. Statin drugs lead to injury

    Cholesterol meds can cause muscle and joint injury

    Here's your chance to experience your very own painful athletic injury -- and you don't have to go near a gym or play a sport to get it.

    Just pop a muscle-eating statin drug and you could "enjoy" some of the very same injuries as your favorite superstar athletes -- including sprains, strains, dislocations, cramps, muscle weakness, tendon problems, and even joint pain.

    Say all that real fast and it'll sound like one of those warnings at the end of a drug commercial!

    New research finds that statins may increase your risk of these and other serious and painful musculoskeletal injuries by about a fifth, including a 13 percent increase in the risk of sprains, strains, and dislocations.

    Surprised? Don't be -- because all these injuries are just cousins to the granddaddy of all potential statin side effects: muscle pain.

    If you've taken these drugs, odds are you've had to deal with that pain yourself. One study reports up to 75 percent of all physically active statin users experience some form of muscle pain, and for a number it's not just a dull ache.

    It's big-time pain -- severe, debilitating, and even crippling pain.

    And that's because your muscles are practically powered by cholesterol -- and when they don't get enough, you get pain or worse. In some cases, the muscle pain caused by statin use is actually a sign of a horrific condition called rhabdomyolysis.

    That's when your skeletal muscle literally dissolves right into your bloodstream.

    Sounds painful? You bet it's painful -- but what happens next is even worse, because the dissolved muscle makes a beeline for the kidneys, which can choke on the stuff.

    So they could grind to a halt -- causing kidney damage, kidney failure, and even death.

    Next to that, a little sprain, strain, or dislocation is a walk (or at least a limp) in the park.

    But if the risk of crippling injury or kidney damage isn't enough to scare you away from cholesterol meds, maybe this will: diabetes. Take the drugs, and this disease could be all yours.

  3. Statins can cause fatigue, especially in women

    Statins can cause fatigue in 40 percent of women who take them, new data finds. That's along with a higher risk of everything from diabetes to muscle pain.
  4. Magnesium proven to slash heart risk in seniors

    Magnesium, the mineral involved in hundreds of functions throughout the body, can cut your risk of death from heart disease in half.
  5. New call for everyone over 50 to take statins is flat-out wrong

    Researchers claim absolutely everyone over the age of 50 needs to take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs -- but there's no evidence to back this one up.
  6. Readin’, writin’ and Statins

    Cholesterol meds for children! It just doesn't get any nuttier than that -- but new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics call on docs to give kids statins... starting in the FOURTH GRADE!

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