Gwen F.

I was diagnosed with high cholesterol a couple of years ago, and was put on a statin drug. While I was on it, I was fatigued and “draggy” all the time…I even woke up fatigued!  Anyway, after hearing about the side effects of statins last year, I quit taking it. I changed my diet to vegan, hoping to become healthier and lose some weight. I lost 3 or 4 pounds and that was it. After several months of eating vegan, I had to have my cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked for my health insurance.  Imagine my shock when I was told that my triglyceride level was over 300, and my total cholesterol was 200! On Memorial Day 2014, I made changes to my diet. I was particularly interested in the connection between high blood sugar and dementia, and that fasting blood sugar should be no higher than the low 90s for optimum brain function, so I decided to also keep track of my blood sugar levels. On day one of my grain-free eating, my fasting blood sugar was 116! For the next few days, my fasting blood sugar ranged between 103-108. The following week, it dropped down to the 90s, and I started to think, “That’s more like it!”  Now, my fasting blood sugar levels are consistently in the 70’s!  I was so pleased to see the weight begin to drop off. I have struggled with my weight throughout my adult life, even when I tried to eat healthy, and I was a believer in “healthy whole grains.” Imagine my shock to find out that...
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There are inconsistent results on the association between statin use and the risk of dementia. Power et al. conducted a systematic review and concluded that randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and well-conducted observational studies did not support a ...
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ConclusionStatins used in AD patients had beneficial effects on the scores of MMSE scale in the short term ( ≤ 12 months), and statins could slow the deterioration of neuropsychiatric status and significantly improve activities of daily living ability in AD patients, but statins did not show an advantage in the change of the ADAS-Cog scale scores.
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There are inconsistent results on the association between statin use and the risk of dementia. Power et al. conducted a systematic review and concluded that randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and well-conducted observational studies did not support a causal preventative effect of late-life statin use on cognitive decline or dementia [1]. As concussion is a risk factor of dementia, Redelmeier et al. recently conducted a prospective study to evaluate the association between statin use and the risk of dementia after a concussion in older adults [2].
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In this study, by adenovirus-mediated delivery and inducible transgenic mouse models, we demonstrate the proliferation of both HCs and SCs by combined Notch1 and Myc activation in in vitro and in vivo inner ear adult mouse models. These proliferating mature SCs and HCs maintain their respective identities. Moreover, when presented with HC induction signals, reprogrammed adult SCs transdifferentiate into HC-like cells both in vitro and in vivo. Finally, our data suggest that regenerated HC-like cells likely possess functional transduction channels and are able to form connections with adult auditory neurons. Epige...
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CONCLUSIONS: This study did not support an association between statin use and diagnostic conversion but suggested a possible association between statin use and cognitive change in EMCI. Additional randomized clinical trials of statins may be warranted in the prodromal EMCI stage of AD. PMID: 31806426 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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STATINS are given to people with high low-density lipoprotein and can help prevent narrowing arteries and cardiovascular disease. Do statins increase people ’s risk of dementia?
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NIH-funded clinical trial will test statins in 20,000 older adults.
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In this study, the most common reason that patients or their doctors stopped statins was the development of advanced cancer or other major illness. In my practice, I have also cared for many patients who have stopped taking statins or who express reluctance to take statins due to side effects. The most common side effect is muscle ache (typically tenderness or soreness of the large muscle groups, such as the biceps and thighs), which affects about 20% of statin takers and reverses when the statin is discontinued. There is also a slightly increased risk of diabetes with long-term statin use and, very rarely, liver problems....
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