Statin side effects: foods to avoid if you don’t want the drug’s side effects to get worse.
STATINS have become the gold standard in cardiovascular prevention, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke by 25%.
Many people, however, continue to avoid the drug because of its unpleasant side effects.
However, certain foods can amplify the negative effects.
Since it was discovered that statins reduced cardiovascular risk, health institutions have actively promoted their use.
However, many people are concerned about the pill’s side effects, which include muscle pain, sleep disturbances, and unusual weakness.
Certain foods, according to research, may amplify these side effects by causing a drug reaction.
Doctor Laura Freeman, GP and Medical Director of Plant-Based Health Online, explains which foods to stay away from.
Grapefruit juice has a well-established interaction with statins.
This is because enzymes in the intestine metabolize certain classes of drugs, reducing the amount of drug that enters the bloodstream.
Furanocoumarins found in grapefruit, on the other hand, prevent the enzyme from doing its job.
“If you’re taking statins, such as simvastatin, lovastatin, or atorvastatin, grapefruit and grapefruit juice should be avoided,” Doctor Freeman explained.
The’most commonly reported’ side effects of statins can occur anywhere on the body.
“Other citrus fruits, such as pomelos, limes, and Seville organs, may have a similar effect and can also interfere with how the medication is processed by the body.”
“This can lead to more medication in the bloodstream, increasing the risk of side effects.”
Myopathy, one of the most dangerous statin side effects, involves muscle tissue damage.
This can result in kidney damage in severe cases.
Alcohol is one beverage that can increase the risk of this side effect, particularly when consumed in large amounts.
“Alcohol should be kept to a minimum as well, and while most guidelines recommend 14 units or less per week, recent evidence suggests that the safest limit for health is zero,” said Doctor Freeman.
Excessive alcohol consumption can cause fatigue, muscle pain, muscle tenderness or weakness, nocturnal cramping, and tendon pain.
Furthermore, certain types of alcohol, such as wine, beer, and liquor, can harm one’s health by raising cholesterol levels.
Statins have previously been shown to reduce the risk of having a heart attack by about the same amount.
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