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House Call: Should I Stop My Statins?

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You've probably heard of Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor. You may even be taking one of these cholesterol-lowering drugs, which are known as statins. They are the most commonly prescribed medication, and for years, they've been touted as the best way to manage cholesterol. Now top Harvard cardiologists are questioning current cholesterol guidelines. The data to support this claim isn't as solid as we thought, and we are now seeing that statins can cause some serious side effects, such as: • Muscle pain, damage, and aching • Mitochondrial damage • Type 2 diabetes • Neurologic problems such as memory loss • Sexual dysfunction Watch or read this week's House Call with me, Dr. Hyman to learn more about the health risks associated with statins and to find out how you can lower your cholesterol naturally. Learn more about how to take care of your heart in a way that supports your health rather than damages it. Wishing you health and happiness, Mark Hyman, MD
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Gerard White (1 день назад)
statins kill people let's get the word out people help me
Sara Singh (2 дня назад)
My cholesterol went upto 225 Oh my God , my dr scared me and he put me on 40 mg Lipitor , it damaged my muscles so bad , I could not walk, my knee hurt , my neck, my wrists, my ribs . I told my dr that I am almost paralysed I could not take it . I stopped for couple months and done blood work , my cholesterol goes up 20 more points. I do not know what to do? Continue and be miserable or stop and get heart attack??? What options I have?
martin dennis (11 дней назад)
the question is that i'm on simvatstins I've been on them a long time tried to stop and was worried that its can cause a heart attack if you stop but I want to get off them and of the side effects
Joy Trek (2 месяца назад)
I've been searching the internet but have yet to find an explanation for this: my endocronologist says I HAVE to take statins because I am Type 1 diabetic and my liver produces too much cholesterol.
The Shameless Pitchmen for Jesus Christ (2 месяца назад)
I took a Statin drug for about eight months and developed Achilles tendon seizures that I still have nightly after one year of stop taking it. Pure poison.
SSArcher11 (2 месяца назад)
How long does it take for exposure to statins to result in muscle damage? How long to recover from muscle damage once statins are stopped, comparatively?
Bonnie Heng (3 месяца назад)
I have been on statins drugs for a few years. I did try to stop taking it a couple of time, but my LDL got way high. If stop taking it will I have more chance for heart attack? Thank you.
Derek Gillan (3 месяца назад)
The drug companies should wear masks.
Derek Gillan (2 месяца назад)
Statins, organised crime. money, money, money.No advantage to your health??
Stan Stevens (3 месяца назад)
My physical and cognitive health has gone down hill since going on Atorvastatins.
Citizenthirteen (7 месяцев назад)
Dr Hymie has no studies to back any of this up. Statins don't cause diabetes . They might speed up the onset if you are borderline anyways but they don't cause it. Being obese and morbidly obese and having insulin resistance cause type 2.
Ernesto Caamano (8 месяцев назад)
you call statins medication however they DO NOT cure a thing.
erwin021777 (8 месяцев назад)
My dad were on statins and died of heart attack. While grandma and Aunt who took LIPITOR and the likes for years. They never had a stroke or heart attack but died of liver cancer, diabetes and other complications. Grandma was bedridden for 6 months and was on oxygen with lots of pain.. I was on statins since May 2017. It came with depression, mood swings, low stamina, low energy, unrefreshing sleep. Stopped it a week ago and went natural with acv, ginger, garlic, lemon and honey mixture. Why I believe in that concoction works? It cleared my mother-in-law's clogged artery. And an acquaintance of mine said the same thing. Now i feel a lot better and my wife who has hi blood pressure is feeling better as well..
Carol Coates (9 месяцев назад)
I've already stopped taking simvastatin. Muscle cramps and aches in my bones, especially my ribs, prompted me to do some research. The cramps have since decreased.
thenitap (9 месяцев назад)
Question what about the statins they give you to take after they insert a heart stent?
Rebecca Swanson (10 месяцев назад)
Ooops the doctors were wrong. Thanks. Tell me how come they are still giving them? Knowing they hurt us. Sounds like they should be arrested.
cybersphere (10 месяцев назад)
Big Pharma recommended more people should get statins than the amount that would experience a net benefit. Oops. I'm sure that was an "accident".
Darren Swift (11 месяцев назад)
One doctor says one thing, another doctor says another. I'm about to run away from all of them.
crystal castles (2 месяца назад)
There are many factors in how to lower high cholesterol. One place I discovered that successfully combines these is the Pronto therapy folio (check it out on google) it's the best plan that I've heard of. Check out all the interesting info.
robert retka (11 месяцев назад)
Well if you keep running your health will improve and you'll be okay. okay ?
StanSnaps (1 год назад)
I stopped taking Statins I felt better immediately, joint pain muscle pain headaches stopped, my head feels clearer.
Manny Radzky (24 дня назад)
StanSnaps me too
Faithangel377 (1 год назад)
Can a person on Statins recover from Mitochondrial damage if they stop taking the statins...Will D-Ribose and Ubiquenol/ CoQ10 help restore the energy lost....???
Lindy Ford Nutrition & Wellness (1 год назад)
Thank you for this valuable info, Dr. Hyman! Lindy Ford, RD, LDN
Robert Maneri (1 год назад)
No!!!! Do not listen to the doctors.....They are horrbile for you!
Francis Muya (1 год назад)
Hi Dr Hyman! Is Cardace a statin drug? My father's been on it for quite a while now.
Rix Pix (1 год назад)
So.....how do you stop taking them properly and safely? Did I miss something? ???
patrick young (1 год назад)
Nice guy. Why is his head 2 inches off center on his neck? Just asking.....
Mac Lindsay (8 месяцев назад)
robert retka (11 месяцев назад)
p.y. if you look at his nose it appears a south paw moved the tip of it over.
Sir Curtis Seretse (1 год назад)
+patrick young <Why is his head 2 inches off center on his neck?> Because he's been taking too many statins.
The Memo (1 год назад)
This guy is just another guy trying to make money selling books supplements and utube advertising. People could die from listening to these people
theguy13 (1 год назад)
Simple minds won't do the research. I mean like actually read the studies on both sides and make an educated decision. Good luck lmao
kristoff99s (1 год назад)
Timothy Mckenna People may also live from listening to this information.
1CBRDUDE (1 год назад)
F a Statin go ahead take them and die early it's total bullshit. There is no such thing as high cholesterol is high density protein molecule and low density protein molecule it won't do a damn thing to hurt you Wake Up
dmana3172 (1 год назад)
No thanks to Statin. I don't want to take the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease from them. Our brain needs more cholesterol than previously thought, so it's not always a good idea to keep cholesterol level within 200. We supposed to focused on reducing inflammations, not cholesterol. :-)
Vickie Anderson (2 месяца назад)
dkaustin98 - Hi, are you overweight and what is your age?? I might have some suggestions. I'm Vickie, I'm 61 years old.
Vickie Anderson (10 месяцев назад)
dkaustin98, how is your diet?? How much sugar to you get a day and how many refined carbs are you eating, if any?? I'd love to help. I threw away my Lipitor many months ago and I didn't ask my doctor first. My cholesterol and triglycerides did go up a bit, but I'm on the Ketogenic program/diet. My doctor wants me back on a statin drug and I'm not going to do it. He told me if I didn't take my statin, I would have a stroke or a heart attack. He said it just as blunt as that. I don't go back for my 3 month blood work until April, 2018. I did have diabetes, but it reversed it in less than 3 months on the Keto program.
dkaustin98 (1 год назад)
I forgot to mention. I was never diabetic. It doesn’t run in my family. 1 month on lovastatin and I was diagnosed as diabetic,
dkaustin98 (1 год назад)
I have had Congestive Heart Failure. After surviving that, I was put on Lovastatin to try to reduce my cholesterol by my family doctor. I have a changed cardiologists. My current cardiologist has been tweaking my meds and some at my request when one of those popped up on the Mayo Clinic list of 4 worst drugs for heart patients. Entresto has replaced that one. My cardiologist claims next week he will take me off several other drugs if Entresto is doing the job. One of the drugs we have not discussed is the lovastatin. I want off it. How do I suggest or convince him that I don’t need the statin and how the statin is countering his tweaks? He didn’t prescribe it. Den
John Smith (2 года назад)
There has been a plethora of research on various statins that actually show solid benefit in terms of primary/secondary prevention of coronary artery disease and secondary prevention of stroke. This video is old and his opinions are antiquated. If you want to research something through google, start with the evidence and look at the guidelines (i.e. recommendations for doctors and pharmacists based on the large amount of scientific evidence pertaining to various disease states). Want to look at evidence for statins? Look up american heart association and american stroke association guidelines. Canadian cardiovascular society and stroke association guidelines are consistent in recommendations. If you have had a heart attack or ischemic stroke (i.e. not a bleeding stroke) you should almost certainly be on a statin. If you have risk factors for heart disease (diabetic, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, advanced age, etc) you should likely be on a statin. In some cases there is mortality benefit (i.e. depending on your circumstances, a statin may reduce your risk of DYING) and in very many there is reduced mobidity (i.e. may not prevent you from dying but can prevent a terribly debilitating event such as a heart attack or stroke). Are there potential side effects from statins? Yes. The most common side effects are nausea, headache, diarrhea (same side effects you can get from any drug). Some people will get myalgias (muscle pains). For most people they will stop when you stop the drug. Some people will get worse complications but that is rare (as in chances are you won't get them, if you do then you are very unlucky). The small risk of one of those complications is worth the benefit of reduced heart attack and stroke risk. Millions of people take statins. If terrible side effects were frequent, we have the numbers to show that. If such, the drugs would be pulled from the market (as many many have due to dangerous adverse effects). Statins are safe, statins are beneficial, and you should talk to your doctor and pharmacist before reading a one sentence youtube comment that says they are bad before coming to a conclusion on them. For the exercise study mentioned (but not referenced) it would be nice to know the number of participants in each group and if the 4.5% stated was statistically significant (doubt it).
Vickie Anderson (11 месяцев назад)
Who are you, John Smith?? And what do you do for a living? I not only quit my statin drug from the information I've gathered here on youtube, but the doctors I've listened to are not idiots. I've listen to a lot of doctors and PhD researchers. These are NOT advice from a random person. From what I've read in your comments, I'd almost think you work for a pharmaceutical company??
theguy13 (1 год назад)
Steve Mulwitz you should def do the research. There are the scientists, the guys that actually do the studies that help break down why cholesterol isn't what we think it is and how it really works. Some really interesting lectures you can find if you look. Look up Dr. Peter attia
theguy13 (1 год назад)
Please provide the evidence, or your comment is meaningless. Spent an awful long time writing it too, you think you'd put a few sources in there.
Steve Mulwitz (1 год назад)
alto domra4 (1 год назад)
John Smith You say: "...are smart enough to take the advice of cardiologists, endocrinologists, stroke neurologists, etc. over the advice of a random person on youtube." But you are a random troll on youtube. Either that or you've wolfed down so many statins that the cell walls of your brain have all come tumbling down.
Fizz Ed (2 года назад)
Are there any side effects stopping Crestor "cold turkey"?
Manny Radzky (24 дня назад)
Fizz Ed I put them in the garbage. Felt better within 2 weeks. Stop the poison.
Ernesto Caamano (6 месяцев назад)
Fizz Ed yes, your body shall feel a lot better
Tra Lalalala (10 месяцев назад)
Fizz Ed I’ve been on Lipitor for 7 years. Started getting high sugar blood work. So started looking for answers. I was never sleeping well. Chest tightness when lying down and felt like I was pushing to exhale heart struggling it felt like. Feet cramps badly every night. Memory craziness. Hard to think of words often. Started following Dr dam Adams on here. I’ve been off atorvastatin four days and already feel better. Just better. And it feels good. I feel sharp. I started magnesium and no more cramps. I go to the bathroom normally I sleep better. My chest relaxes now when I lie down. I ha a stroke in 2010 and lost my whole left side. Now I feel like doing my therapy again. Now I feel like I have hope of gaining strength again. Just four days. I’m going to search more and learn more. It’s not fair for us to be treated like this.
Vickie Anderson (11 месяцев назад)
I quit Lipitor cold turkey. I haven't actually felt any difference. My doctor isn't very happy with my latest lab work. I've been on the Ketogenic diet and that's when I quit the Lipitor to see what this diet would do to my cholesterol and triglycerides. I've only been Ketogenic for 11 months and without Lipitor, my cholesterol and triglycerides did go up to 236 and triglycerides to 224. Our bodies make 3,000 mg. of cholesterol a day indicating we do need cholesterol. I don't feel those numbers are high enough to jump back on a statin. As far as I'm concerned, I need more time with this diet to reduce those numbers naturally. My doctor wants me back on them and I told him I would give this diet 3 more months and see what my numbers are then. I've seen my triglycerides as high as 1,400 before and the doctor I was seeing then never bothered to ask me how much sugar and refined carbs I was taking in a day (which was a lot). Doctors don't have time to actually find out the cause, they just give you a statin drug. I found out, by chance, the information on the Ketogenic program and I joined in. The first thing that happened in the first 3 months on Keto, my A1c went from up in the 7's to 4.5. I no longer have Type 2 diabetes. Now how many doctors are telling patients to fix their A1c by changing their diet. None that I know of in this town. They don't want to lose patients. It's the truth in this town I live in. So, with all that being said, I'm going to stick to my guns and if I have a heart attack or a stroke, I was wrong. LOL!
Dean Hudson (2 года назад)
I quit Lipitor 3 months ago .......and boom!....nothing
Juan Jo Carrales (3 года назад)
Yes! thank you for your vid! i read about it on Grain Brain with Dr Perlmuter, but its always great to have a doctor say that on a video. they dont treat the cause but rather symptoms, and not even in the right way.
Mr. hrfister (1 год назад)
More importantly, they don't cure jack. All they do is treat diseases to keep you coming back for more expensive doctor's visits, prescription refills and new prescriptions for the side affects of the first prescriptions.
Wayne Elliott (3 года назад)
I was on 80mg Lipitor for two years. Got excema, itches, muscle cramps, gas, inflamed liver and other side effects which dispersed after I weaned myself off lipitor. Doctor has now prescribed rosuvastatin (crestor) 20mg because cholesterol has spiked. I am fearful of taking it - I have read some alarming things about statin drugs and believe we are being poisoned by pharmacueticals and doctors who are experimenting on us...
ISLAM AROUND THE WORLD (6 месяцев назад)
erwin021777. . i was on statin on june 2017 i quite amonth ago .i feel Better but i have pain in my chest muscle till now . doctors are scammers . every time. The doctor told me come after 2 months & then 2 month more & then 2 months more .& i asked him when i will stop this statin & then he ansewr take it for the rest of your life .i told him why ? .he said when you stop it , it will be high again & you will have problems in your heart . i went to another doctor they are the same & i felt that they are not honest with . i finally believe that diet , walking & running & quite white sugar & candies & have add honey for your food is the best for any person . also i put brown sugar 2 or 3 spoon a day. I lost weight all this month keeping the system. Eat healthy & exercise 5 or 6 days a week & live Happy ☺. No durgs will heal you only your believe will defeat any thing thearting you. Be a way of stress & unhealthy food & eat les protien .100 gram of protien is perfect . eat fruits & nuts & vegtables .green slade daily & green tea & 1 or 2 cup of.coffee a day . & never add White sugar in your diet again & dark chocolate is good but not too much with nuts & raisins & see after a month how much you gonna lose weight . start gym is good too .
erwin021777 (8 месяцев назад)
My dad were on statins and died of heart attack. While grandma and Aunt who took LIPITOR and the likes for years. They never had a stroke or heart attack but died of liver cancer, diabetes and other complications. Grandma was bedridden for 6 months and was on oxygen with lots of pain.. I was on statins since May 2017. It came with depression, mood swings, low stamina, low energy, unrefreshing sleep. Stopped it a week ago and went natural with acv, ginger, garlic, lemon and honey mixture. Why I believe in that concoction? It cleared my mother-in-law's clogged artery. Now i feel a lot better.
Vickie Anderson (10 месяцев назад)
Your cholesterol spiked?? How high?? How much sugar and refined carbs are you eating a day if any??
Wayne Elliott (1 год назад)
1CBRDUDE - you are right.
1CBRDUDE (1 год назад)
Wayne f statins there will slowly kill you one cell at a time The doctors are in bed with pharma and want to make you sick end result more money for them Period.
S Lee (3 года назад)
I had a heart attack and a double bypass 3 years ago and have been on them. My  system seems more vulnerable to stress and depression.  I have clinical depression, but I feel like I am more susceptible to it since the surgery.  Does this make sense?  I want to get off of it, and will check with my cardiologist.  I much prefer to manage cholesterol through diet and exercise.  Thank you so much for the info!!  Really appreciate it..
Vickie Anderson (11 месяцев назад)
Get on the Ketogenic diet! Listen to some of Dr. Eric Berg's videos here on youtube. The answers are, pretty much, there.
Thye Aun Ngo (1 год назад)
John Smith hi I also worried my statin drugs intake and over in Malaysia my Dr doesn't really promoting diet but instead just proscribed drugs.i had an heart attack last Jan and has a stent inside me. it will never be the same me. but luckily I was a vegan junky for almost 15 years so a switch to more healthy vegan diet which less n less oil, no fried stuff anymore was easier. I read alot of effects on statin drugs in our body long term and worried as hell as my daughter is young.
John Smith (1 год назад)
"get off them drugs slowly until you don't need them anymore"????? Once you have had a heart attack, you have indeed had a heart attack. There is no way to 'un-have' a heart attack and therefore you will need the medications indefinitely. Do you understand the pathophysiology of a heart attack? Myocardial (heart) tissue dies. It is dead. You have dead heart tissue. You are forever at high risk of another heart attack and depending on the extent of damage, might have an increased risk of blood clots and stroke. The medications doctors prescribe after a heart attack are designed (and proven) to help decrease your risk of having another heart attack. If you stop them, you lose that benefit. Please stop what you are doing. You are going to hurt somebody.
Mr. hrfister (1 год назад)
Ms Lee, if you believe in God, pray for to Him for guidance....and then look into finding a naturopath that can help you. Don't stop seeing your regular doctor and stop taking the medicine they prescribe, what I'm saying is have a naturopath help you get off of them drugs slowly until you don't need them anymore. And keep it on the down low when he/she really helps you, because if you advertise that you were cured naturally by so and so...the local, state or federal government may shut down that clinic in a heartbeat. Here in Houston, a doctor using science and his own synthetic medicine was shutdown for..drumroll...curing people of "incurable" cancer. Read about Dr burzynski. Good luck!
John Smith (2 года назад)
Oh my god you had a myocardial infarction with a double bypass and people are encouraging you to go off of your statin. There is more evidence for a statin in your condition than any other condition out there. I sincerely hope you are still taking a statin and are still alive and well. If you are still thinking about stopping it, please please talk to your doctor and do not listen to advice from random strangers on youtube.
John Smith (4 года назад)
thank you for your information you are a good man
genapruitt (4 года назад)
Thank you so much!! :)
Spider Salticidae (4 года назад)
my friend had high cholesterol ( 275) and he decided to take a bowl of cooked rolled oats 5 x per week . his cholesterol dropped to 215 and he did not increase his exercise output . there was no other  modification to his diet.
Toth Ileana (3 года назад)
Alyssa Hotter (4 года назад)
I have a question. I believe that there is a root cause for all my problems and I was wondering if these things are related. I am very underweight, I have a hard time gaining, I feel tired all the time and I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Is there one cause for all that? Any tips on gaining weight?
tim smith (4 года назад)
how old is this guy
dylankrid (4 года назад)
These videos are great but I am am a healthy 19 year old that eats plenty of greens and little to no processed sugar and isn't on any mess, I would love it you did a video on nutrition/supplement/lifestyle changes for reaching peak performance athletically and mentally
Truthsabre7 (4 года назад)
Your great Doc. Thx.
Mary G.R. (4 года назад)
George Falco (4 года назад)
great info as usual...
Big Dog Productions (4 года назад)
Carb The fuck up
Sanafromodessa (4 года назад)
can you please do a video on the effect of eating too much fruit.  I eat about 10-15 pieces a day and worry it may do something to my blood sugar.  thank you 
Mr. hrfister (1 год назад)
Google "Healing Matters Thomas Smith". Learn about Insulin and Insulin resistance as much as you can. Simply asking what to eat and not eat is not enough. Trust me, after you read this, your mind will be open.
Remnant Soldier (4 года назад)
Just one more of the many strikes against Big Pharma
Robin Sattahip (8 месяцев назад)
They don't want to make drugs like antibiotics which you take for a week and cure you. Big Pharma wants to make drugs you take daily forever whether or not you need them.
CaseyCJL (4 года назад)
Thank you for this Dr. Hyman. I appreciate the information!
Angryconsumernerd (4 года назад)
I appreciate the information but you don't give all candidates to statins which would be helpful information the only way I know to lower cholesterol is a raw vegan diet which dramatically lower cholesterol
Issa George (4 года назад)
The raw vegan diet reduced my total cholesterol to 119 even though they keep saying diet has no control over it. The liver produces 80% of the cholesterol but I started seeing a lot of benefits from raw cholesterol so now I eat a lot of cholesterol and I am feeling so much better. 
jmarylastone (4 года назад)
there are other diets out there that will lower cholesterol but I am no doctor and don't know you and your body so all I can say is keep looking
S S (4 года назад)
statins are huge money! question is how to get off them without croaking?
1CBRDUDE (1 год назад)
You won't die if you get of toxic statins You will die early if you keep taking them.
JC Chávez (2 года назад)
Thats what I want to know too! I want to stop taking them but im scared to.
S S (4 года назад)
so how did you get off it?
Debbie Hill-Silva (4 года назад)
Love your info.

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