|STATIN DRUGS INHIBIT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY|
Int J Cardiol. 2008 Mar 25
Physical inactivity is increasing in almost all developed and developing countries and is estimated to cause 2 million deaths worldwide annually. Whereas regular exercise helps prevent cardiovascular disease, improves wellness, affects age-related decline and reduces risk of premature death-among many positive benefits.
Because doctors have so little training in nutrition and exercise they believe that lifestyle interventions are difficult to institute and difficult to maintain. Consequently drugs, particularly statins, are promoted as the fundamental tool in the prevention of coronary artery disease.
Statin drugs may adversely affect the muscle's ability to appropriately respond to physical exertion. Statin therapy can cause skeletal muscle damage in treated patients. Even though they may have no symptoms and their lab results are normal.
All too often, muscle complaints due to statin therapy are easily dismissed by the patient and physician. Such muscle effects are likely related to cellular dysfunction and may well affect 25% of statin users who exercise and thus constitute one of the most common and underappreciated side effects of statins.
Physical activity is affordable to all, as opposed to statins, and is one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent cardiovascular disease.
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