Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Statin Use: Population-Based Case-Control Studies

Staff Writer, J.J. West
Medicine / Studies 

In recent years, statins have become popular amongst allopathic physicians for use in high cholesterol patients. But are these new drugs safe?

In the article, Statin Use and Thyroid Cancer: A Population-Based Case-Control Study , we discover that  the scientitsts concluded that "statin use was associated with thyroid cancer in female patients."

Another study, Association between statin use and Bell's palsy: a population-based study, linked a "potential association between regular statin use and Bell's palsy."

In Herpes zoster (HZ) is associated with prior statin use: a population-based case-control study, the data concluded that prior statin use was associated with HZ occurrence.

With Statin use and the risk of colorectal cancer: a population-based case-control study, "this study does not provide support for a protective effect of statins against colorectal cancer."

So before you take that new prescription for a statin drug, you may want to search our source material for a better understanding of what the medication can and cannot do for you, or to you. 

As a side note, high cholesterol may be a sign of thyriod dysfunction and not necessarily a cholesterol issue, especially in women:
Are you on a statin for high cholesterol with a diagnosis of hypothyroidism? This is an important article for you to read then. Generally when thyroid levels are optimal, cholesterol levels fall back into range. For most folks, optimal is a TSH of 0.5-1.5. Free T3 in the upper 25th percentile of the reference range, and Free T4 mid range of the reference range. You can NOT rely on the TSH alone. It's not a thyroid hormone, it's a pituitary hormone. The Free's tell the story, and obviously hypothyroid symptom resolution,

Source: PubMed