New research shows statins are wrongly blamed for the aches and pains of old ...

Patients are warned not to shun statins after new research shows they are wrongly blamed for the aches and pains of old age New study suggests statins wrongly blamed for aches and pains in old age London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found the drugs had no effects They believe symptoms could be result of negative associations with the drug

By Kate Pickles Health Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 23:31 GMT, 24 February 2021 | Updated: 23:43 GMT, 24 February 2021

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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.

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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)

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 –

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