Statins and depression…
Statins and depression….Are the statins you’ve been told will lower your cholesterol making you depressed?
If you struggle with depression, you want to do anything you can do to help control it. Believe me, I know. I lived with depression for decades.
Statins are being called into question relative to the epidemic of depression we are experiencing in this country. Did you know that over 20% of women in the U.S. in their 40s and 50s are taking anti-depressants?
When you read the studies about statins and depression, most of the negative press is about how they affect women’s moods, aggression, etc.
I can tell you from personal experience that they affect men as well. My husband Rob, who took a mega dose of statins for about 7 years (80 mgs/day) because of his family history of high cholesterol and heart disease, was the poster child for statin side effects. They ranged from neuropathy (pain in the muscle tissue) to muscle weakness, memory loss, ever worsening glucose levels to the point that he had to test his glucose levels twice a day, eye problems, etc. to seriously scary mood swings that included dark depression and feelings of hopelessness.
If you’re taking statins, I encourage you to read the fine print on your prescription leaflet. You know, the information they put in “mice type” so you can’t possibly read it without a magnifying glass…
You’ll find some scary information there about statins and depression. Information you should have as it may very well motivate you to join us and change how you eat to get off what, for my husband, was debilitating poison…a.k.a. statins.
I have a friend who didn’t have high cholesterol, but was put on statins because he was told by his doctor they “calm the cardiovascular system”. Is it worth all the health risks that are coming to light to “calm your cardiovascular system with a dangerous drug?
Let’s circle back to us girls and statins. New research links statin use to behavior problems in women. It runs the gamet from aggression to suicidal impulses and homicidal behavior! The study, which was conducted at the University of California found that the group of women most affected were postmenopausal women over the age of 45. These subjects were women who were not normally prone to this behavior and who were most likely to be calm when not on statins.
As far as statins affecting men, it was only one in three that showed a tendency toward increased aggression, and that was believed to be because statins have the effect of lowering testosterone; not a good side effect for the guys.
All this is in keeping with the developing wisdom that cholesterol is not an enemy. Rather, cholesterol is necessary to main optimal brain function. It’s now being understood that cholesterol plays an important role in neuroprotection (regeneration of the nervous system cells), so low cholesterol may adversely impact neurotransmission (the transmission of nerve impulses across a synapse, which is a junction between two nerve cells), thereby increasing the risk of depression. Interesting to note that studies have shown that violent prisoners tend to have lower brain cholesterol! Cholesterol is critical for brain cell communication. We’ll dive into the truth about cholesterol in another post…stay tuned!
If you’re taking statins and experiencing any odd behavior or are having any medical issues that coincide with the onset of statin use, I strongly urge you to consider natural options to see if you can take the path of healthier eating to control your LDL or bad cholesterol. Watch out for statins and depression!
Want to find out more about depression? Check out this post…
Helping you achieve Major Wellness in your life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC