Lack of Coenzyme Q10 and Impaired Energy Production may cause Muscle Pain when taking Statins

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that low levels of coenzyme Q10 and glucose intolerance might be factors that contribute to muscle pain symptoms with people taking statins to lower LDL cholesterol levels. The findings were reported in the Journal of American College of Cardiology.

Around 75 percent of people who take statins could complain of having muscle pain, explained Professor Flemming Dela from the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen. This research demonstrates that statins affect the muscle’s ability to produce energy.

In addition to the reduced energy production in the muscles, people taking statins also had low levels Q10. The lack of Q10, along with the reduced energy production in muscles, might be the reason behind the muscle pain symptom.

Professor Flemming Dela also said that 40 percent of the people taking statins are being treated for cholesterol only and are not thought to have other risk factors such as hypertension. A previous study showed only a 0.5% reduction from all-causes of mortality for these people. With the side effects associated with statin therapy, this group’s benefits may be debatable.

Professor Flemming Dela and colleagues will continue their statin research. The next study they will investigate statin consumption from a medical viewpoint; they want to see how the media can influence adherence to taking statins. Additionally, the researchers want to investigate home monitoring of cholesterol levels to see if it will help a patient take control of their health.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

Ref: "Simvastatin Effects on Skeletal Muscle" in Journal of American College of Cardiology: 1

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