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Q:

How dangerous are statins for our livers and kidneys?

Patty Bonsignore

A:

Statins are the main drug we use in the United States to lower cholesterol. They work by blocking an enzyme that helps the body make cholesterol. Statins are metabolized in the liver and can sometimes cause damage to the liver, but this is rare (only about 1 to 1.3 % of all patients taking a statin will have significantly elevated liver function tests). A person who is taking a statin usually has his or her liver enzymes checked once a year, or sometimes more often, to determine if the liver has been damaged. Small elevations in liver enzymes are not a problem, but if the enzyme is elevated more than three times the usual level, then the statin will be discontinued. The kidneys are not usually affected by statin drugs.

5 replies

Mtucker
Mtucker 2013-05-23 19:39:46 -0500 Report

I would like to know if elevated glucose levels play a significant toll in cell death. Refering to the brain And dementia.

HICHAM EL CHARKAWI
HICHAM EL CHARKAWI 2013-04-20 19:07:32 -0500 Report

thanks for the informations ,I suffer from high cholesterol, can I ask what about the use of medicine "lipanthyl supra 160mg" is it safe,thanks.

Lorenzo Bergamasco
Lorenzo Bergamasco 2012-06-01 08:28:14 -0500 Report

I am 86.years old,in2008 i did have open heart surgery,i have ypertention ,olso diabete 2.
since the operation if i do 10 steps fast i run out of breath,but avery day i do walk 1/2 hour.and no problem ,my A1c, is 6.2 .why i run out of breath?