The FDA recently announced increased safety warnings for those taking cholesterol lowering drugs , saying that they can cause memory loss, confusion and an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes . Diabetes increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease . The new warnings are based on results from the latest clinical trials, plus adverse effects reported by patients, physicians and the drug companies.
Many of our aging parents are on a statin drug to control cholesterol . Keeping low density cholesterol (LDL) under control is thought to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The drugs are generally effective in lowering cholesterol.
It was first thought that the main risk for those who took statins was liver damage, so blood work was needed on a regular basis to check for liver problems. Now, that seems to be less of a worry. However, these new warnings are a big concern for people keeping an eye on a loved one at risk for dementia.
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Are you 55 years old or older and still pain free? Chances are you have osteoarthritis and don't know it. X-rays show arthritic changes in eight out of every 10 adults age 55 and older. Knees, hips, and spines are affected most, in that order. Older adults with leg pain may have arthritic changes in both the hip and spine. They sometimes have a total hip replacement (THR) only to develop groin and buttock pain next. Or suddenly they have muscle weakness that isn't related to the THR. In these cases, lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) may be the problem. LSS occurs when age-related changes narrow the canal where the spinal cord and nerves travel. Bone spurs, thickened ligaments, and worn-down joints are just some of the changes leading to LSS. These doctors from Baylor College of Medicine offer other orthopedic surgeons some guidance. They say that when a patient with a recent THR has severe pain after the operation, look for infection, an unstable implant, or LSS. Location of the pain is a key...
Every year that passes reinforces to me (and many of my friends) that our bodies are systems. Tinker with one part (such as taking a drug) and you may have an effect on another bodily function. And while drugs can definitely be good, there can be some unintended consequences.
Take statins, for instance. According to MedicineNet.com , statin medications are often prescribed by doctors to lower blood cholesterol levels in the blood through reducing cholesterol production in the liver. “Cholesterol is critical to the normal function of every cell in the body,” Medicinenet.com stated. “However, it also contributes to the development of atherosclerosis, a condition in which cholesterol-containing plaques form within arteries. These plaques block the arteries and reduce the flow of blood to the tissues that arteries supply. When plaques rupture, a blood clot forms on the plaque, thereby further blocking the artery and reducing the flow of blood.”
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