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Archives of Internal Medicine looked at two statins — simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol)

Statins can cause fatigue in 4 of 10 women
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Think it’s exhausting trying to keep up with all the warnings on cholesterol drugs? You should see what happens when you actually take the darned things — because the latest study finds statins can sap you of your energy faster than a weekend with the in-laws.

This isn’t some minor “maybe” side effect and it’s certainly not a rare one. New numbers show that up to 40 percent of women who take statins battle fatigue — and 10 percent of them feel like they’ve been hit by a truck.
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In a new study of more than 1,000 people, that 10 percent described their post-statin energy levels as “much worse” than they were before they started taking the meds.

The study in the Archives of Internal Medicine looked at two statins — simvastatin (Zocor) and pravastatin (Pravachol) — and a placebo, and found fatigue hitting women who took either drug. But overall, the researchers say the effect was stronger in women who took simvastatin and that it was much less noticeable in men.

But if you’re a guy, I’ve got an even better reason for you to lay off these drugs: Statins could shut down your internal testosterone factory and kill your erections.

If you ask me, that’s the worst kind of “fatigue” a man could have.

And for men and women alike, the drugs have also been linked to serious and debilitating muscle pain, memory loss, cataracts, and diabetes — and that’s the short list of risks.

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Forget these meds, and forget worrying about cholesterol in the first place — you’ve got enough on your mind as it is. As long as your total cholesterol is between 200 and 300, you’re doing just fine.

The real problems begin when your cholesterol is TOO LOW — and the best cure for that is the most delicious class of “drugs” on the planet: steak, bacon, sausage, and eggs.

All that protein will also boost your energy, leaving you feeling like you could lift a truck — not like you’ve been hit by one.
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