Benefits of Statins
Statins are drugs prescribed for high cholesterol and other heart related diseases. They are known by technical names and studies show they also have a therapeutic effect. Nonetheless, it is always advisable to consult a doctor before you take the drug, especially if you are on medication. On the other hand, make sure you take the prescribed dose to avert potential health complications.
1. Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
By lowering triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), statin drugs can help to reduce the development of heart disease, including stroke, heart attack, and other heart related diseases. Statistics show that coronary heart disease and heart attack are common due to unhealthy lifestyles and poor eating habits.
2. Lowers cholesterol levels
Unhealthy eating habits can lead to the accumulation of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“’bad ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“’ cholesterol in the bloodstream as well as triglycerides. High levels of low-density protein (LDL) can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and atherosclerosis. With that said, taking statins can help lower ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“’bad” cholesterol and raise ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“’good” cholesterol levels for healthy heart and general wellness.
3. Reduces blood pressure
It is well-documented that taking statins can help to reduce blood pressure, as well as weight control. However, plenty of physical exercise and proper nutrition is also important as it helps to lower cholesterol, and more importantly reduce your risk of heart disease.
4. Anti-inflammatory effects
Besides lowering high blood pressure, statin drugs also have anti-inflammatory effects. They help to stabilize the blood vessels and improve function of other organs in the body. Stable blood vessels can lower your risk of heart attack and other heart related complications.
5. Lowers cancer risk
Studies show that statin medication can also reduce your chance of having certain types of cancer, including colon, lung, skin or prostate cancer.
Common side effects associated with the use of statins include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, joint and muscle aches.