Friday, March 8, 2013
Statin Drugs Cause Acute Pancreatitis
Statins and pancreatitis: a systematic review of observational studies and spontaneous case reports.
Drug-induced acute pancreatitis
The good news is that the benefits in the case of acute pancreatitis caused by severely high lipids is that the statins seem to help lower the lipid levels thus lowering the risk of recurrent AP and worsening CP which carries a risk of pancreatic cancer. Statin therapy when one has severely high lipids seem to actually be a good thing in this case. So actually the news isn't so bad after all huh?
Sometimes I can't help but stir the pot :-)
If you happen to be on statin drug therapy for a supposed heart attack risk and have suffered acute pancreatitis you may want to re-think why you are on those drugs to begin with since cholesterol isn't THE major player in atherosclerotic heart disease. However ...
Statin drugs are a MAJOR revenue source for big pharma. In fact, Lipitor, before it went off patent, averaged over 5 BILLION in revenue each year. ONE drug, 5 BILLION in revenue. So who is blowing smoke at who?
By the way statins also deplete CoQ10, actually they inhibit the bodies production of CoQ10 and since CoQ10 is found in every cell of the body with the largest amounts found in the heart (it strengthens the heart wall muscle so it pumps good and strong) you should consider supplementing CoQ10 or eating a boat load of salmon each week. Supplements would probably be the best answer.