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A Small but Scary Study on Statins

A Small but Scary Study on Statins

I received a press release last week that has bugged me for days. It described a small, observational study (a part of the larger, NIH-sponsored Womenís Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation) that found that certain cholesterol-lowering medications were associated with increased aggression and hostility in women. The study was very small and preliminary, nothing to get alarmed about yet, but the implications were sobering.

I have often questioned our willingness to take cholesterol-lowering drugs without trying harder to take care of our health with diet and exercise. But this study seems to raise alarms that go beyond drugs, or even one type of drug, statins. We are accustomed these days to learning that something we eat, drink, shampoo with, or simply breathe vapors from may be harming our physical health. Not so often do we learn that something in our diet or environment may be harming our psychological health as well, changing our moods, attitudes, responses.

Of course, many of the most commonly prescribed drugs are designed to change our moods: anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs, for example. Isnít it a creepy thought that we might be a nation on Prozac precisely because so many of the other things we are ďonĒ (from drugs, to food, to cosmetics) are disturbing our mental health?

Sometimes I am shocked at how casually we (myself included) react to the fact that our lives are laced with substances that in the long run can kill us. I wonder if we would be so relatively calm about it if we knew those substances might be changing our personalities.

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Avery Hurt

Avery Hurt is a health and science journalist. Her work appears regularly in national publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Newsweek, and The New Physician. She is author of Bullet With Your Name On It: What You Will Probably Die From And What You Can Do About It (Clerisy Press, 2007) and Donít Worry, Iím Not Contagious: Your Guide to Staying Healthy in an Infectious World, due out from Clerisy, fall 2008. She is at work on her third book, on alternative medicine.

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8:08AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

good to know

8:49AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thank you

4:37AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Thanks.

10:33AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

and "First do no harm"....really makes you wonder about the doctors roaming this earth! Thanks for article!

11:03AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Thankyou...

1:00PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Thank you

5:13PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

Thanks for the info.

12:33AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Thanks.

11:44AM PST on Mar 6, 2011

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4:48AM PST on Jan 24, 2011

Thanks for the info.

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