More statins!

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released new U.S. cardiovascular prevention guidelines to prevent heart attack and stroke.  It’s estimated that 33 million Americans without heart disease will now be prescribed statins.

Although lifestyle change and diet is included in the guidelines, I didn’t hear much in the media recommending a heart healthy lifestyle.

FYI, I thought I would share the known side effects someone may experience when using statins:

– Headache

– Difficulty sleeping

– Flushing of skin

– Muscle aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia)

– Drowsiness

– Dizziness

– Nausea and/or vomiting

– Abdominal cramping and/or pain

– Bloating and/or gas

– Diarrhea

– Constipation

– Rash

Statins also carry a warning label of possible side effects:

– Statin use may lead to memory loss, mental confusion, high blood sugar, and type 2 diabetes.

The lifestyle and dietary recommendations emphasize:

– Fruits

– Vegetables

– Whole grains

– Low-fat dairy

– Poultry

– Fish

– Nut

– Lower salt intake for some

– 40 minutes of vigorous exercise, such as brisk walking, 3-4 times a week.

If you ask me, I’m sticking with the lifestyle and dietary recommendations.

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