In April 2009, I was diagnosed with type-2-diabetes. Although my cholesterol was normal, for some reason—explained to me at the time by my GP—I was prescribed Statins.
I didn’t question the medical decision, but seven years on, that has changed. Although I trust my GP, I’m questioning whether the information being passed to the medical profession is accurate. I’m also questioning whether taking Statins is best for my long-term health.
Any chronic illness can have an effect on a person’s mental health. It’s therefore important the health professionals get the treatment right.
My own research shows: There’s competing information surrounding the use of Statins; many medical experts extol the virtues of the drug, while other professionals, in many cases see it as unnecessary.
It’s difficult to know which information is right; at the present time, the decision of whether or not to take Statins seems to come down to personal choice. Not an ideal situation for the layman it has to be said.
I’m acutely aware every drug has side effects and Statins are no different. And, according to the NHS Choices website: the side effects can vary depending on which particular Statin you’re taking.
My own experience of taking the medication has not been the most pleasant. I’ve suffered side effects; the most troublesome for me so far have been:
- digestive problems
- muscle and joint pain
As if those aren’t enough, there are other potential side effects that concern me: The potential for increased blood sugar and risk of diabetes are of great concern.
Can you spot the irony? I don’t have high cholesterol but I’m being prescribed Statins, which could raise my blood sugar and make me diabetic. But, I’m already diabetic, taking medication for type 2 diabetes.
Am I missing something here? All things considered, what could the possible benefits be for me to continue taking this medication?
This is why I’ve decided to quit taking statins. It’s not a decision I’ve taken lightly; it’s a decision based on my own personal circumstances.
I’m not advocating that anyone who has been prescribed Statins should follow my example. But I am wondering: how many people out there find themselves in a similar position?