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Nevertheless, like any drug, statins as a class can have side effects; these are for the most part not serious, and above all disappear when treatment is stopped. They usually take the form of muscle pain, which generally occurs during the first 3 months of treatment. These pains are fairly characteristic and should not be confused with, for example, the pain of arthritis.
If you experience pain that could be due to your treatment, you doctor can change the type or the dosage of the statin in order to eliminate the pain.
Statins at high doses and prescribed over long periods of time can also be responsible for a small increase in the appearance of diabetes in patients who are at risk of the disease.
To sum up, for most people the benefits of statins largely outweigh their risks. And these benefits are not limited to cardiac health. Cancer specialists are currently very interested in statins due to the increasing evidence that they can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Statins could also even be beneficial in prostate cancer. In practical terms, you can be confident in this class of drugs. If you have any questions or doubts, speak to your doctor, rather than stopping your treatment without his or her knowledge. Don’t forget that it is your health that is on the line.
Pay attention to the composition of products
I noticed that some products at my local supermarket are labelled “low cholesterol”. Does that mean that they are low in fat?
Not necessarily. Some foods labeled “low cholesterol” can contain unhealthy oils high in saturated fats. Moreover, unsaturated fats like vegetable oil can also be high in calories.1