Statins could cause kidney damage
Today's Daily Dose is tomorrow's news -- even if "tomorrow" is sometimes years away.
The latest example: An urgent "new" warning that finds common cholesterol meds may cause serious kidney damage.
Well, it's new to the mainstream.
But if you've been with me a while, it's certainly not new to you -- because I've been warning you about this very risk for years now.
Statins may increase your risk of acute kidney injury by more than a third. According to "new" research in the BMJ those who were on "higher" doses of statins were hospitalized 34% more for acute kidney injury in the first 120 days they were on medication compared to those who took lower doses of statins. And that risk remains higher for as much as two years after you start taking the drugs.
The risk kicks in at 10 milligrams of rosuvastatin (Crestor), 20 mg of atorvastatin (Lipitor) and 40 mg of and simvastatin (Zocor), or what the researchers refer to as "high" doses.
Sounds to me like these researchers aren't just behind the times. They're out of touch -- because those aren't high doses at all. They're the doses millions of Americans take each day, and many take even more.
The study doesn't get into the hows and whys of the link between statins and kidney damage, but I spelled out that dangerous drug secret for you nearly five years ago.(Click here to read all the dirty details.)
Statins block the production of coenzyme Q10, which is critical to muscle energy and function. When you don't have enough CoQ10, you get muscle pain -- another statin side effect.
The more you take, the lower your CoQ10 levels -- and eventually, your muscle may start to dissolve like butter in a hot pan. The disintegrated tissue then goes into your bloodstream and heads for your kidneys.
If you're lucky, you may suffer from a kidney "injury." If you're not, well, the risks start at kidney failure which can lead to death.
Bad news? You bet it is -- and believe it or not, this isn't even close to the biggest risk of statins. These meds have been linked to memory loss, sex problems, liver damage, cancer, and more.
So forget the statins. As I've told you before, you've been lied to by the mainstream maniacs. You don't need these meds in the first place because "high" cholesterol isn't the villain it's been made out to be.
Up next I crack yet another mainstream myth and serve it up to you for breakfast.