It seems like every large pharmaceutical company offers up their very own take on statins, and it’s easy to see why. Statin use has increased substantially over the last decade, and the numbers show no sign of slowing down.
But, what are statins, what are they used for, and what are the most prominent side effects? Today, we’re going to take a deep dive on all things statin, so you can make a more informed decision if or when that day comes. Let’s go!
What are Statins?
Over 50-percent of the adult population in high-income countries is affected by high cholesterol (referred to clinically as hypercholesterolemia). In fact, roughly 28.5 million Americans have high cholesterol. Even if only half of those people seek pharmaceutical aid, that’s still a lot of people.
Pharmaceutical aid is available, and it usually comes in the form of statins. Statins are a class of drugs designed to help lower the blood’s cholesterol levels as a means to prevent heart attacks and strokes, and statins do accomplish this goal in a lot of people. The statistics show statins are responsible for reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart disease-related fatalities by 25-percent to 35-percent.