cause neuropathy in about 2% of patients, if you believe the drug companies.
(the actual percent may be higher).
When you take statins, your body stops making CoQ-10, which is essential for gum health. (and cardiac muscle health).
Biofactors. 2005;25(1-4):147-52.Click here to read Links
Treatment of statin adverse effects with supplemental Coenzyme Q10 and statin drug discontinuation.
* Langsjoen PH,
* Langsjoen JO,
* Langsjoen AM,
* Lucas LA.
East Texas Medical Center and Trinity Mother Francis Hospital, Tyler, 75701, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifty consecutive new cardiology clinic patients who were on statin drug therapy (for an average of 28 months) on their initial visit were evaluated for possible adverse statin effects (myalgia, fatigue, dyspnea, memory loss, and peripheral neuropathy). All patients discontinued statin therapy due to side effects and began supplemental CoQ(10) at an average of 240 mg/day upon initial visit. Patients have been followed for an average of 22 months with 84% of the patients followed now for more than 12 months. The prevalence of patient symptoms on initial visit and on most recent follow-up demonstrated a decrease in fatigue from 84% to 16%, myalgia from 64% to 6%, dyspnea from 58% to 12%, memory loss from 8% to 4% and peripheral neuropathy from 10% to 2%. There were two deaths from lung cancer and one death from aortic stenosis with no strokes or myocardial infarctions. Measurements of heart function either improved or remained stable in the majority of patients. We conclude that statin-related side effects, including statin cardiomyopathy, are far more common than previously published and are reversible with the combination of statin discontinuation and supplemental CoQ(10). We saw no adverse consequences from statin discontinuation.
PMID: 16873939 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Other things useful for the gums are:
Essential fatty acids - Flax oil
You will want to read all of this website by Spacedoc...
and this website:
If you suspect your declining health is due to a statin drug you can discuss
with your doctor alternatives like Zetia or Niaspan.
Or if you are "borderline" nothing at all.
We have posts on supplements here at the Vitamin forum, for you to read.
Also PubMed has lots under the keyword statin neuropathy
Remember many "studies" are paid for by drug companies, and will not typically reveal the "truth". (this has been true for the last 3 decades with other
Good luck to you.