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    Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some patients

    Given consumer concern that statins may be associated with memory or cognitive decline, a new study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology may offer reassurance, as no difference was found in the rate of memory or cognitive decline of elderly statin-users compared to never-users.

    "Not only are statins one of the most prescribed medications in the world, there is strong evidence that they reduce mortality in our patients with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, renal disease and other lipid disorders. Most importantly, statins aren't associated with a risk for major adverse health advents," said Katherine Samaras, MBBS, Ph.D., an endocrinologist at St. Vincent's Hospital in Australia and the study's lead author. "These findings will hopefully go a long way toward reducing consumers' concerns about memory and cognition from statins, so they don't stop taking these lifesaving medications."
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    I'm still alive due to statins (Lipitor/atorvastatin calcium specifically). It's reassuring to know that continuing to take them won't cause me to forget my name or where I live.
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    Re: Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some pa

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    Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some patients

    Given consumer concern that statins may be associated with memory or cognitive decline, a new study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology may offer reassurance, as no difference was found in the rate of memory or cognitive decline of elderly statin-users compared to never-users.

    "Not only are statins one of the most prescribed medications in the world, there is strong evidence that they reduce mortality in our patients with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, renal disease and other lipid disorders. Most importantly, statins aren't associated with a risk for major adverse health advents," said Katherine Samaras, MBBS, Ph.D., an endocrinologist at St. Vincent's Hospital in Australia and the study's lead author. "These findings will hopefully go a long way toward reducing consumers' concerns about memory and cognition from statins, so they don't stop taking these lifesaving medications."
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    Re: Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some pa

    Quote Originally Posted by JacksinPA View Post
    Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some patients

    Given consumer concern that statins may be associated with memory or cognitive decline, a new study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology may offer reassurance, as no difference was found in the rate of memory or cognitive decline of elderly statin-users compared to never-users.

    "Not only are statins one of the most prescribed medications in the world, there is strong evidence that they reduce mortality in our patients with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, renal disease and other lipid disorders. Most importantly, statins aren't associated with a risk for major adverse health advents," said Katherine Samaras, MBBS, Ph.D., an endocrinologist at St. Vincent's Hospital in Australia and the study's lead author. "These findings will hopefully go a long way toward reducing consumers' concerns about memory and cognition from statins, so they don't stop taking these lifesaving medications."
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    I'm still alive due to statins (Lipitor/atorvastatin calcium specifically). It's reassuring to know that continuing to take them won't cause me to forget my name or where I live.
    Statins inhibit cholesterol formation but they also inhibit COQ10. If you're on statins you should take a COQ10 supplement.

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    Re: Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some pa

    Quote Originally Posted by Waddy View Post
    Statins inhibit cholesterol formation but they also inhibit COQ10. If you're on statins you should take a COQ10 supplement.
    There seems to be some controversy about that. I'll check with my cardiologist next visit. Thanks!
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    Re: Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some pa

    I did a cursory literature search on statins & COQ10 & found no articles linking the two.
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    Re: Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some pa

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    I'm still alive due to statins (Lipitor/atorvastatin calcium specifically). It's reassuring to know that continuing to take them won't cause me to forget my name or where I live.
    I've also been taking atorvastatin, for 29, almost 30 years. Wait, what were we speaking about? Oh, yeah, COQ10. COQ10 an enzyme manufactured somewhere in the human body, and no one is sure where, appears in minor trace amounts in different organs. A lot of BS about what it might or might not do out in the alternative medicine universe. One thing that is known for certain, too much can damage the liver, kidneys and other digestive organs. What is too much? No one knows. It is fat soluble in supplemental forms, so if anyone on a low fat diet ingests it, SOL. It will pass through the digestive system. And taking it won't make anyone prettier. Definitely not me.

    About 8 years ago a COQ10 study was released by Rockefeller University stating that absence of COQ10 appeared in some rare patients suffering from tumors of the heart. No conclusions as to which came first, the chicken or the egg. Six weeks later GNC was touting COQ10 supplements. Others jumped on the band wagon, but it never picked up speed. Take at your own risk.

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    Re: Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some pa

    most of us have seen how much heart disease can take away quality of life before taking the life itself, and how early it can happen. i don't like pills, but i'd choose the statins if i ever need to. my protective cholesterol is elevated due to genetics (Mom's is the same,) but that doesn't mean that i won't ever have heart problems.

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    Re: Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some pa

    My first cardiologist came into my life about 9 months ago. He saw at 40 mg/day of lipitor, my cholesterol was above 200 or 300 (forget which) so I had my PCP increase that to 60 mg/day. My body can't tolerate the max dose: 80 mg/day. It gave me a persistent strong pain in my left arm which is a sign of a degenerative muscle disease called rhabdomyolysis. My cardiologist put me on Zetia in addition. Let me explain.

    There are 2 sources of cholesterol: from inside the body (endogenous) & from the diet (exogenous). Lipitor only deals with the endogenous source. My cardiologist put me on a drug I had never heard of before: Zetia (ezetimbe). This one screws with the protein in your small intestine that transports fats & cholesterol from your diet into your system. Bingo! After 3 months my cholesterol was within normal limits
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    Re: Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some pa

    Quote Originally Posted by JacksinPA View Post
    Statins not associated with memory or cognition decline in elderly, may be protective in some patients

    Given consumer concern that statins may be associated with memory or cognitive decline, a new study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology may offer reassurance, as no difference was found in the rate of memory or cognitive decline of elderly statin-users compared to never-users.

    "Not only are statins one of the most prescribed medications in the world, there is strong evidence that they reduce mortality in our patients with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, renal disease and other lipid disorders. Most importantly, statins aren't associated with a risk for major adverse health advents," said Katherine Samaras, MBBS, Ph.D., an endocrinologist at St. Vincent's Hospital in Australia and the study's lead author. "These findings will hopefully go a long way toward reducing consumers' concerns about memory and cognition from statins, so they don't stop taking these lifesaving medications."
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    I'm still alive due to statins (Lipitor/atorvastatin calcium specifically). It's reassuring to know that continuing to take them won't cause me to forget my name or where I live.
    I am a statin advocate; I lost the genetic lottery and have a familial predisposition towards cardiovascular disease...it was identified when I was in my early 30's.

    Unfortunately, my father, grandfather, and great grandfather were all "old school"....and very noncompliant with regards to medication and I strongly suspect that if cancer had not taken my father, CV disease would have.

    I think its worth noting that I have been taking Statins and ACE inhibitors for some time now ( though not a statin/ACE combo drug which has been under scrutiny ) and while my lipid panels have been well within the green zone, my PMC did recommend COQ-10; though not for statin management, but due to the early/limited evidence that it can help with migraines.
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