By Kate Pickles Health Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 23:31 GMT, 24 February 2021 | Updated: 23:43 GMT, 24 February 2021
Statins are being wrongly blamed for aches and pains that are likely to come from old age, a study has found.
Doctors fear that tens of thousands die every year from shunning the life-saving pills because they worry about the supposed side effects.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
But researchers say patients felt roughly the same levels of muscle pain and stiffness whether they took statins or a placebo pill instead.
Their study suggests that the symptoms could simply be old age or the ‘nocebo’ effect – caused by negative associations with the prescription drug.
Statins are being wrongly blamed for aches and pains that are likely to come from old age, a study has found (stock image)
Experts say the findings should encourage millions of people risking heart attack and stroke to start taking the pills.
Scientists from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine gave 200 patients both statins or dummy pills over six two-month periods.
Neither patients, nor their GP, knew which tablet they were receiving at any given time but all had periods taking both.
At the end of each treatment period, participants rated their muscle symptoms – defined as pain, weakness, tenderness, stiffness, or cramp of any intensity. No difference was seen in the scores between the statin and placebo periods.
The researchers also found no differences for the effect of muscle symptoms on aspects of daily life –