Do you know what the side-effects of taking Statin drugs may be doing to you?
Many people taking high cholesterol-lowering statin drugs tolerate them, however, some people experience unpleasant side effects which include:
- Problems sleeping
- Muscle aches, tenderness or weakness, called myalgia
- Feelings of drowsiness
- Abdominal cramping
- Skin Rash or flushing of the skin
- Memory loss and mental confusion
- High blood sugar and type 2 diabetes
- Statins can also interfere with other medications you may take
So what can you do to keep your cholesterol at a healthy level to avoid the need for taking medication? Essentially, making a few simple lifestyle changes will help lower your cholesterol levels to reduce your risk of suffering with heart disease. To lessen your risk doctors advise you to:
Stop smoking or using tobacco
Enjoy a healthy diet that is low in bad saturated fat, trans fat, refined carbohydrates and salt yet rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and lentils, pulses and whole grains.
Get physically active and exercise for about 30 minutes on most days of the week to improve your overall level of fitness
Keep a healthy waist girth of less than 100cm (or 40 inches) for men and less than 90cm (or 35 inches) for women.
The Mayo Clinic confirms that numerous studies have shown the positive effects of engaging in regular, weight-bearing physical activities and adopting physical rehabilitative measures can play a key role in maintaining good health.
However, we all know how hard it can be to get active when you suffer with bad pain and muscle ache! This means, it's important to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Your doctor may suggest specific exercises for you to reduce pain, or depending on your condition, which exercises to avoid.
If you haven't been active for a while, it's a good idea to start slowly and build up gradually. Use compression joint supports to help warm sore joints and assist to maintain correct joint alignment to avoid straining weakened muscles.
Physiotherapists recommend Thermomedic Therapy Garments as a safe, easy to use option to soothe pain, comfort and protect sore joints to make it easier for you to get active and feel better! Find out how you can get your joint supports, now!