According to Dr Kailash Chand, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, people who take statin drugs are more than twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those who don’t.

Cholesterol is very good for you. It has a vital role in protecting your brain and nervous system. Lowering it too far can have devastating effects on the health of your brain as you age. This particular study was carried out over 20 years and involved almost 16 thousand people.

Currently in Britain, Parkinson’s disease affects approximately one in 350 people. According to experts, if every person in Britain who has been recommended a statin took it, there could be an extra 150,000 people with Parkinson’s disease. Statins are currently recommended for up to half of all adults over the age of 50 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in Britain. These figures are almost identical in the USA and Australia. These drugs may be doing many patients more harm than good.

Parkinson’s disease is only one possible complication of statin drugs; others include an increased risk of cataracts, type 2 diabetes, memory loss, muscle pain, erectile problems and fatigue. Dr Chand went on to say: “The risks of side effects of these drugs are far greater than any potential benefits and it is high time these drugs were restricted in the low-risk population and only given to people with existing heart disease.”

There is a lot more to heart disease than just cholesterol. Inflammation, autoimmune disease and diabetes can all play a major role in increasing the risk of cardiovascular problems. For more information see the book Cholesterol: The Real Truth. Please don’t discontinue any medication without consulting your own doctor.