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Reading the post from talking point members, I have to say that I have never heard about this possible connection with dementia. Now I am actually quite angry that this could be the cause of my precious husbands dementia. We moved here nearly 16 years ago and had to register with a new doctors surgery. We both had to have various tests to start with clear picture of our health which was good, as far as we knew apart from being smokers. I got a clear result but my husband was put on Simvisatin,and 3 other tablets. As far as we knew he was perfectly healthy apart from the smoking risk. To cut a long story short the first thing that happened was impotence and then after a some time I noticed he wasn't doing anything in or out of the house quite as well as he used to.When he was 65 (8 years later) he was diognosed with vascular dementia. now he is so bad that I don't know how much longer i can cope. We stopped smoking just a few months after moving here so helped ourselves to be well in that way. When I look back I think he was not functioning properly for a long while before he was diognosed. If it was anything to do with statins I curse the day we moved house and had to change doctors.Simvastatin
My OH (non dementia) was put on these and after a few weeks, I was 70% convinced he was starting dementia
He has tried 3 types. Each caused their own issues for him
Now he is refusing to take them as they make him feel and behave so strangely, and his doctor has agreed.
There was a programme on radio 4 a few months ago, that covered statins, and raised glucose levels.
Wish I could find a link sorry I can't.
The gist was at a certain age, your body automatically has raised cholesterol and glucose levels.
Any one diagnosed with glucose intolerance after 60 - it's normal to have high glucose levels, but many doctors think otherwise. if the glucose levels remain stable, there is no need for medication, likewise cholesterol.
In my opinion.... I strongly suspect doctors are paid to medicate the "new medical issue" and if it's not diabetes, it's cholesterol or some other "medical issue" - one size fits all - so they prescribe and get paid....
Leaving the poor patient struggling in some cases, thinking they have to take these tablets, otherwise.....
when in reality the tablets are not suitable for everyone.
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My OH uses dietI don't know anything about statins but from the posts here they seem to effect people differently. If they can't be taken the problem of high cholesterol is still a problem. Apart from weight control how else is it lowered? Diet? Just interested.
Hi Kevinl I would like to know what the side effects are I was put on atorvastatin 80mg last September by the hospital after my heart attack obliviously my cholesterol was high however it's now down to 3.1 I also take Aricept. As yet I don't recognise any side effectsStatins are one of the most controversial drugs around, allegations that the side effects are being played down, There's a link to the whole article below but here's the salient points:
The man in question is Sir Rory Collins of Oxford University:
"His research helped shape NHS guidelines issued last year recommending that GPs offer them to around 40 per cent of all adults"
"Professor Collins has acknowledged that his earlier studies looking at the benefits of statins did not properly investigate all the side effects"
"One of the main worries surrounding statins is that too little is known about the risks, as drug companies fail to publish data."
Those 3 quotes about sum it all up the man who helped the NHS make the decision now admits that they didn't investigate the side effects and the drug companies failed publish the figures.
I'm no scientist so I don't know, but it's quite worrying that when the scientist involved admits he didn't do the job properly and is now going back to reinvestigate the evidence anyone quoting the evidence is quoting someone who now thinks he may have got it wrong.
I have no axe to grind with statins but the "facts" are far from clear.
I was taken off statins when my doctor said how good my cholesterol level were and I said I hadn't taken them for 2 years because of the side effects and anyway simvastatin shouldn't be prescribed for someone taking Amlodipine she agreed and took me off. Time will tell as they say.