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Side Effects of Statins

September 29, 2013

Statin Drug Warnings

Statins are an incredibly common drug – used to lower cholesterol. In fact, statins are among the best-selling and most widely-prescribed drugs on the market – we’re talking about drugs like Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor. But – a growing body of research is starting to show the side effects of these drugs are piling up.

A brand new study shows that statins may be linked to fatigue. Researchers looked at more than 1,000 people and found those taking statins were more likely to have less energy and feel really tired when they were trying to exercise. The effect was even more pronounced in women taking statin drugs.

Statin drugs have also been linked to a rare and potentially deadly side effect called Rhabdomyolysis. It’s syndrome from direct or indirect muscle injury that cause severe muscle pain, liver damage and kidney failure.

This winter, the Food and Drug Administration added new warnings to the labels of the cholesterol lowering drugs. The new warnings detail the possible impact statins can have on blood sugar levels and patients’ memories. Health regulators adding warnings about memory loss and increases in blood sugar levels after looking at medical articles, clinical trials and reports from patients.

According to one report:

The elevated diabetes risk cropped up in a 2008 Crestor study of nearly 18,000 patients. A separate study published in the Lancet medical journal in 2010 found that statins can raise the risk of diabetes by 9 percent.

The memory loss issue was more anecdotal from adverse event reporting and not from formal studies, the FDA said, adding that there was no proof that the problem was caused by statins but that it wanted people to be aware of the possibility.

The FDA also specifically said that Merck’s Mevacor, the world’s first approved statin, known generically as lovastatin, should never be taken with certain drugs used to treat HIV and certain bacterial and fungal infections due to increased risk of a serious muscle disease.

There are a number of complementary ways to help your body achieve cholesterol levels within a normal range. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise and maintaining good sleep patterns are big factors for your cholesterol.* Taking Niacin or Vitamin B3, Omega-3 essential fatty acids, Vitamin D3 and concentrated plant sterols can provide nutritional support to help you make progress toward  your cholesterols goals.*  (As always, check with your doctor when beginning a supplementation program.)

One way to get more Vitamin B as well as maintain a healthy weight is with our Strawberry Slim. It’s a natural and highly specialized dietary supplement designed to control fat and calories from food by limiting fat transport before being absorbed into the body.* It’s plant sterol base also provides nutritional support for healthy cholesterol levels and a healthy heart!** Eniva’s Efacor provides 1020 mg of pharmaceutical grade, pure EPA and DHA per serving – and it’s lemon taste prevents that fishy smell or burping. Eniva’s Vitamin D3 is a water-based natural solution for getting more Vitamin D3 (4,ooo IU per serving) into your diet.

Sometimes healthy lifestyle choices, including supplements and other cholesterol products, aren’t enough. If your doctor prescribes medication to reduce your cholesterol, take it as directed while you continue to focus on a healthy lifestyle.

How are you working to achieve healthy cholesterol levels … let us know. We’d love to hear what you’re doing!

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Any research referred to in this article is not meant to be interpreted as research results involving specific Eniva products. Eniva products are not a replacement for medical treatment or advice.

**Supplements containing at least 0.4 grams per serving of plant sterols, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 0.8 grams, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Two servings daily of Eniva® Strawberry Slim™ contain 0.8 grams of phytosterols.

At Eniva, we believe each human body was designed to be healthy. It was designed to be energetic, lean, agile, and resilient at healing. You were created to live an abundant, healthy and vibrant life. Eniva is proud to create and manufacture pure liquid nutraceuticals with no artificial preservatives. Our liquid supplements are natural solutions to help you feel and look your best.

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