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Are statins bad for you?

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Statins are harmful to health because of the vast number of horrific side effects established by more than 900 studies, reports WebMD. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association discourage the use of statins in the fight against strokes and heart attacks.

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Statins cause adverse effects that range from cancer risks to muscle problems. Muscle pain and weakness are the most widely known side effects. Other reported side effects include memory loss and cognitive problems, according to Harvard Medical Publication. Other issues include diabetes, risk for Lou Gehrig's disease, pre-Alzheimer's condition, rhabdomyolysis, anemia and polyneuropathy. Studies have reported acidosis, sexual dysfunction, immune depression, cataracts, liver or pancreas dysfunction, and kidney problems as well.

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