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Rethink the Statin

Rethink the Statin

People who arrive at my office on a statin frequently complain of one of the following things as a direct side effect of the drug:

  • Fatigue, mood changes, or irritability
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations and arrythmias
  • Stomach pain
  • Muscle weakness

These are all listed right in the Physician's Drug Information Handbook as common side effects. But the new news is that users of statins have a 48% increased chance of developing Type II diabetes, even with short term use at low dosages.

Click here

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/45934573/-45934573

to watch the MSNBC news clip on statins and increased diabetes risk.

Statins are certainly indicated for certain high-risk cardiovascular cases, but they are often over-prescribed.

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