Recently I’ve been spending a little more time at the gym. I’m feeling pretty good. But I’ve heard / overheard some conversations of older people, somewhat bitterly complaining about losing muscle mass, and not being able to continue some aspects of their fitness routine.
So far I have not worked up the nerve to ask them one essential question that is always in my mind as I hear them talk: “Are you taking statins for cholesterol?”
Yes, yes, I know, as we grow older there are hormonal and other changes that tend to make us lose muscle mass. But time at the gym (along with decent dietary intake of proteins and other nutrients) can generally counter those tendencies; UNLESS…
…A well-meaning doc, concerned about cholesterol and instilling a fear of heart attacks due to cholesterol in his patients, has prescribed statin drugs.
Statin destroys muscle tissue. One version of statin made by Bayer was so destructive to muscle tissue that the broken down muscle cells were clogging kidneys, to the point that there were over 30 (known) cases of death due to kidney failure.
The purpose of cholesterol in the body is to facilitate hormone production and tissue repair, both of which support healthy muscle tissue.
To learn more about cholesterol’s relationship (or non-relationship) to heart attacks, this article is helpful: Cholesterol Myth: What Really Causes Heart Disease?
To learn more about the harmful effects of statins, a lot can be gleaned from this article by Dr. Mercola: How Statin Drugs Wreck Your Muscles
This is an excellent film that combines information on both aspects, both the dangers of statins, and the lack of a link between lowering cholesterol and lowering the danger of heart attack: Statin Nation The Great Cholesterol Coverup