Just when you thought the case against statins couldn’t get stacked any higher, along comes another study showing that—among a long list of other risks, from muscle pain to diabetes—they weaken your bones, too.
That’s right: New research shows that high doses of statins raise your risk of osteoporosis. The authors claim to be surprised by the outcome… but I’m certainly not.
I’ll tell you exactly why in a minute. But first, let’s take a closer look at this latest study…
Triple the risk of bone loss
To come to this conclusion, researchers looked at data from every Austrian younger than 90—yes, all of them, as in nearly 8 million people—between 2006 and 2008. And just over 353,500 patients had been taking statins for at least a year.
Of these patients, some 12,000 were also diagnosed with osteoporosis. (Mainly women, but also a fair amount of men.)
Researchers compared these subjects to patients who hadn’t received statin treatment. And they found that statins more than tripled the risk of osteoporosis, no matter which drug the patient took.
But here’s why everyone should have seen this coming: Your body requires cholesterol in order to generate all of your hormones—including estrogen.
Now, one of the most important things to keep in mind when you so much as consider taking a statin medication is this: The estrogen-lowering effect in women could actually mimic the bone loss we see in menopause. And not just in women, either. Unsurprisingly, research shows that statin drugs deliver a similar blow to testosterone levels in men. Which can play a key role in the development of osteoporosis in that half of the population, too.
A profitable racket
The amount of money, time, and effort that has gone into finding a convincing use for statins amounts to a colossal waste. Because the fact is that they have very limited benefits… with countless side effects.
Statins are likely the most touted drug class in the history of pharmaceuticals, despite basically doing nothing for your health—except in very specific circumstances.
The majority of people shouldn’t ever take them. Their adverse event profile is so enormous that if they were a nutritional supplement, you could bet the farm they would be banned.
Yet, for some reason, the medical establishment keeps coming up with new reasons to prescribe them to more and more patients. It’s completely illogical… well, to everyone but Big Pharma.
Because when you think about it, it’s all good news for the drug industry. Why should they worry about side effects when they can just create new drugs to take care of them? Especially when your typical doctor will keep writing scripts for pretty much anything they’re told to.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t choose to live my life that way. And I certainly don’t practice medicine that way.
The dangers of “high” cholesterol are, for the most part, a complete myth. But you know what isn’t? The danger of osteoporosis—not to mention the serious risks of the drugs designed to “treat” it.
So it’s a good thing that proper diet (like my A-List Diet), consistent moderate exercise (150 minutes weekly), and targeted supplementation can safely address it all. Because needless to say, the “help” Big Pharma’s offering isn’t the kind that anybody needs.
P.S. I discussed the dangers of these cholesterol-lowering drugs—as well as my recommended nutritional supplements—at length in the December 2013 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“New statin guidelines ignore critical cholesterol danger”). Subscribers have access to that and all of my past content in the archives. So if you haven’t already, consider signing up today. Click here now!
“Do High-Dose Statins Increase the Risk for Osteoporosis?” Medscape Medical News, 10/14/2019. (medscape.com/viewarticle/919825)