Why Statin Drug Therapy Is Less Effective for Women

There’s compelling evidence that they are less effective for women than for men.

A ten-year study of over 52,000 subjects, conducted by Norwegian researchers showed that women with “high cholesterol” levels (above 270 mg/dL) had close to 30 percent less chance of dying of heart disease, a heart attack, or a stroke than those women with normal to low cholesterol (under 193 mg/dL).

Another study by published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2010 found that women taking statin drugs did not experience the same benefits as men taking the same drugs. In fact, women on statin drugs had a greater risk of death by any means (known as “all-cause mortality”), including strokes. The analysis went on to suggest that putting a woman on a statin could potentially be putting her at greater risk of cardiovascular issues by unnecessarily lowering her cholesterol levels with a pill.

Women experienced a disproportionate level of extreme fatigue and decreased energy levels after taking statin medications to lower their cholesterol.

All these studies make it clear that it’s not only worth taking a closer look at the evidence, it’s worth asking if women should be lowering their cholesterol at all.

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