One doctor fighting to unmask the dangers of statins is board-certified Texas cardiologist Peter H. Langsjoen. "Statins kill people — lots of people — and they wound many, many more," Langsjoen wrote in an introduction to a citizen's petition filed with the FDA. Ten years ago, Dr. Langsjoen and other experts requested that the FDA require that statin drugs be labeled with a warning that they deplete the body of coenzyme Q10.
"All patients taking statins become depleted in coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) eventually — those patients who start with relatively low CoQ10 levels (the elderly and patients with heart failure) begin to manifest signs/symptoms of CoQ10 deficiency relatively rapidly — in 6 to 12 months," he wrote. "Younger, healthier people can tolerate statins for several years before getting into trouble with fatigue, muscle weakness and soreness (usually with normal muscle enzyme CPK tests), and most ominously — heart failure."
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