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Statins: A Literal No-Brainer

Study:  Statins Don’t Decrease Alzheimer’s Risk, Increase Cognitive Decline

According to a recent study, statins don't halt Alzheimer's Disease.

According to a recent study, statins don't halt Alzheimer's Disease.

If you’re a frequent consumer of news, it may feel like you’re living in a parallel universe at times.  What’s reported on what network is often avoided or given a totally different spin on another network.

And when it comes to health news, there’s no better example of this than statins.  Here, you’ll find information on statins and how their side effects outweigh their perceived benefits.  But watch or read news on statins from some major media outlet, and you’re likely to find information on all the benefits of taking statins.  That not only will they lower blood pressure levels, but they’ll also cut the risk of stroke, even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Some of the smartest people on earth are doing their best to uncover the riddle that is Alzheimer’s disease.  A recent string of studies suggests its onset may be due to elevated cholesterol levels in the blood.  Though there are other ways of lowering cholesterol levels, this has led the pill-popping public (the scientific community included) to suggest that statin use may be an Alzheimer’s preventer.  But a recent study testing this theory reveals a significant flaw in that argument.  The flaw?  Statins don’t decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s: not one iota.

Approximately 26,500 men and women participated in the study, all of whom were between the ages of 40 and 80 and “at risk” for developing Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.  The majority of those followed took Zocor for a period of five years; the rest took a lesser-known statin for just over three years.  The health statuses of the participants were attended to regularly throughout the study.

Despite the significant amount of precautions taken to assure that the medications taken weren’t given short-shrift, the findings revealed no difference among statins in prevention of Alzheimer’s.  In short, people who received the statins got Alzheimer’s just as frequently as those who received placebos got Alzheimer’s.  This review is published in the most recent  issue of The Cochrane Library.

That may have been enough for the average medical professor to denounce statin use with regard to staving off Alzheimer’s.  But like the aging athlete who doesn’t know when to hang them up, a professor well-versed in statin safety had this to say about what impact statins have to the brain overall:

“There are a number of case reports and case series where cognition is clearly and reproducibly (emphasis added) adversely affected by statins.”

No one can deny that statins work for some people in lowering cholesterol, but the side effects are far too costly.  And when one considers that taking statins to prevent Alzheimer’s may actually impair overall cognition, that, in and of itself, testifies to just how deep those side effects go.

The Fox News’ and MSNBC’s will continue to grind their political news through their own individual mills made of spin, but here’s one thing that can’t be spun:  Statins don’t prevent Alzheimer’s; to the contrary, they impair cognition.
In the immortal words of Walter Cronkite, “That’s the way it is.”

Source:
Science Daily

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