The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring additional warning labels for the cholesterol-lowering drug class known as statins. It is warning that the drugs may increase your risk of liver damage, memory loss and confusion, type 2 diabetes and muscle weakness.
*The FDA has removed a long-standing warning advising routine monitoring of liver enzymes in people taking statins, even though the drugs are linked to serious liver damage.
One in four Americans aged 45 and older take statin drugs to lower cholesterol, and many are unaware of the serious risks associated with the drugs.
*The majority of people taking statin drugs do not need them, and in fact are risking their health unnecessarily by doing so.
*Over 60,000 people EVERY year in the US will develop diabetes solely as a result of taking statin drugs.