Are you or someone you love on a statin medication? This is essential information that will affect your health for the rest of your life.
From the CDC Website
During 2011–2012, more than one-quarter (27.9%) of adults aged 40 and over
reported using a prescription cholesterol-lowering medication.
That is about 17+ million people every year using statins. What is the purpose for using statin medication? The idea is to cut down on (“Evil”) cholesterol because it has been associated with heart disease. More on this later. As with all medications, when you push certain pathways, there are always side effects. When a statin medication blocks the HMG co-a redcutase enzyme that helps produce cholesterol, it also stops a really important molecule called Co-enzyme Q 10.
Co-enzyme Q10 functions as an essential component in the cells ability to make energy in its power production plant called the mitochondria. So essentially taking a statin medication reduces your ability to make and have enough energy through your day to accomplish daily tasks. Common side effects include :
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Flushing of the skin.
- Muscle aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia)
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Abdominal cramping or pain.
In Canada the medical association requires that they put a warning on the medication that it causes a reduction in coenzyme Q10 as well as increase in Lipoprotein (a) (negative cardiovascular marker).
How you can help yourself.
- Make sure you have a good source of coenzyme Q10. For most people this means taking a high quality professional supplement.
- Vitamin d- supports the overall nervous system
- Vitamin c – It is a great anti-oxidant