My mother had been taking statins for years and was Type 2 diabetic. She was having extreme muscle pains that made lifting hurt terribly. She runs a daycare so not lifting children up is a major occupational problem. I'm still working on getting her to eat better, I have more work to do there.
But I convinced her to stop her statins and the muscle pains went away. And her mental forgetfulness has gotten better. However her family practice doc is livid that she stopped the statins, told her the pains were just part of getting old anyway. He seems to have made her a personal project to convince her to restart statins, the doc brought has scheduled and rescheduled her to return and get bloodwork done hoping the results will convince her to restart the statins.
Funny thing happened there, her tests now show she is no longer a type II diabetic and doesn't need her insulin. The doc doesn't believe it has to do with her diet change.
Anyway, here is her most recent bloodwork results:
Hemoglobin A1C Rapid: 6.0
Cholesterol: 204 (mg/dl) Tri: 116 (mg/dl) HDL: 45 (mg/dl) Chol/HDL ratio: 4.5 LDL calculated: 136 (mg/dl) Length of fast: 12.0
Aspartate Aminotransferase: 21 (U/L)
Sodium: 140 Potassium: 3.5 Choloride: 104 Bicarbonate: 27
Creatinine Serum: 0.9
What can I tell my mom about these results to help particularly with the cholesterol results?
Any doctor who would keep a patient on a statin who is having serious muscle pain is a not a good doctor.
Please get her on Ubiquinol (bio-available CoQ10) immediately since statins are known to deplete CoQ. Diet alone will not be enough, she will need a supplement, IMO.
400mg twice a day for a while then 200mg twice a day.
Also, her A1C is still higher than it should be for optimal health. Continued dietary changes will improve this even more.
Muscle pain caused by rhabdomyolysis is a potentially serious side effect from statin use. It can lead to kidney failure. Your mother should be evaluated for this and in the meantime stay off the statins. I'd also encourage her to find a different doctor.
Her lipids are decent. HDL could be higher and Trigs could be lower, but there's really not much to worry about there. Total cholesterol and mortality tend to have a somewhat weak U-curve relationship, with highest mortality at very low levels, and elevated mortality at levels above 250 or so. But as we know, there's much more to a lipid profile than just total cholesterol. Although that test wasn't a "good" test like LipoProfile, we still have enough information to believe that she's doing all right.
Along with all the other comments, don't forget to document your experience w/before and after lab results and the doctor's insistence via phone calls or emails that statins are necessary. Send a detailed letter to his/her supervisor, the accounting office, and anyone else who you can think of...This isn't just about health care it is about a system that creates costs AND prevents healing.