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Statin-takers beware of its dangers
, June 13, 2012
This review is from: The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Dru (Kindle Edition)
I saw Dr. Roberts speak in Providence, RI, and heard her on the Diane Rehm's show on NPR recently and was compelled to buy the book, not because I take statins but because I have family members who do, and did not realize the controversy surrounding the use of this drug. The information the book contains regarding the use of statins and the risk/benefits profiles is an eye-opener, especially if you are a woman, where the benefit was much lower. She spells out the dangers for some of cognitive dysfunction, increased risk of diabetes, muscle aches and pains, and covers all the clinical trials to date. Her emphasis on prevention measures and the Mediterranean diet I found to be very helpful for most of us Baby Boomers. This is a very readable and informative book. When people at her talk and on the radio said: "I took myself off statins but am afraid to tell my doctor," I realized there was a problem. This is not something Dr. Roberts recommends, but apparently people are doing it. If high cholesterol levels and heart disease is part of your family history, I would read this book. Also, check out the podcast on NPR.org.
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