The true benefits vs. side effects of statins

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Statins are drugs that can lower your cholesterol.

They work by blocking a substance your body needs to make cholesterol. Lowering cholesterol isn’t the only benefit associated with statins.

These medications have also been linked to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

But some researchers warn that unless a patient is at high risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, statins may cause more harm than good.

Very rarely, statins can cause life-threatening muscle damage called rhabdomyolysis.

Rhabdomyolysis can cause severe muscle pain, liver damage, kidney failure, and death.

The risk of very serious side effects is extremely low and calculated in a few cases per million people taking statins.

This video discusses the true benefits vs. side effects of statins.

This is not professional advice, please seek out a professional if you need help.

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