Do statins increase cancer risk?
Studies have yet to prove that statins may actually cause cancer. Many of these studies found a strong association between long term statin therapy and higher rates of cancer. Those who need to take statin drugs may have other risk factors for cancer, or the drug may increase the risk.
Do statins make you live longer?
Age may not be a factor when it comes to who can benefit from statins. A study published online July 7, 2020, by JAMA found that people who started taking the cholesterol-lowering medication in their mid-70s or later had fewer heart-related problems and lived longer than non-users.
Why you should never take statins?
Very rarely, statins can cause life-threatening muscle damage called rhabdomyolysis (rab-doe-my-OL-ih-sis). Rhabdomyolysis can cause severe muscle pain, liver damage, kidney failure and death. The risk of very serious side effects is extremely low, and calculated in a few cases per million people taking statins.
At what age should you stop statins?
Statins are drugs that lower your cholesterol. But if you are age 75 or older and you haven’t had symptoms of heart disease, statins may be a bad idea. Here’s why: Adults age 75 and older may not need statins.
Are statins worth the risk?
The short answer
Statins are worth it for people who already have cardiovascular disease. Statins are also worth it for people who are at high risk for getting cardiovascular disease in the future. Statins are not worth it for people at low risk of cardiovascular disease.
Do statins clear the arteries of plaque?
Statins don’t just lower cholesterol levels but also reduce the risk of fatty plaques breaking off from walls of your arteries, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
What is the latest on statins?
Statins improve 28-day mortality in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Now, researchers at Harvard Medical School showed that statin use reduced 28-day mortality in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Both the new initiation of statins and continuing statin therapy reduced the risk of mortality.
How long can you stay on statins?
Your cholesterol levels should drop noticeably within 4 weeks – if you take your medicine regularly, as prescribed. How long will I take atorvastatin for? Usually, treatment with a statin such as atorvastatin is for life. The benefits will only continue for as long as you take it.
Can I refuse to take statins?
Our goal is to decrease your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. We know that for patients at high risk, statins can do this — and potentially save lives. Before you refuse to take a statin or stop taking a statin, consult your doctor.
Do you have to stay on statins forever?
Not everyone needs to stop taking statins. Many people take statins for decades without having any side effects or issues. For those individuals, the medications can be a very effective form of treatment and prevention for cholesterol problems. Others may not have the same experience with statins.
What foods should be avoided when taking statins?
While taking atorvastatin (Lipitor), avoid high-fat and high-cholesterol foods as part of your overall treatment. You should avoid large quantities of grapefruit or grapefruit juice, which can increase the risk of serious side effects. Also, avoid excess alcohol use, as this may cause serious liver problems.
The risk for breast cancer was also significantly increased among overweight women who used hydrophobic statins for less than or equal to 4 years OR=4.1 (95% CI 1.2-14.4). Conclusion: This observational study found an increased risk of breast cancer related to duration of statins use and PR− among postmenopausal women.
Which statin has the least amount of side effects?
In the analysis of 135 previous studies, which included nearly 250,000 people combined, researchers found that the drugs simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol) had the fewest side effects in this class of medications. They also found that lower doses produced fewer side effects in general.
What’s the side effects of statins?
Side effects can vary between different statins, but common side effects include:
- feeling sick.
- feeling unusually tired or physically weak.
- digestive system problems, such as constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion or farting.
- muscle pain.
- sleep problems.
- low blood platelet count.