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Statin use is associated with a 1-12% greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease
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Statin use is associated with a 1-12% greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease according to an analysis of data on 30,343,035 people aged 40 to 65 years between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2012.
Statins use has increased dramatically, and so has Alzheimer’s
Here is a quote from another paper () noting that statin use has increased dramatically and so has Alzheimer’s.
“The argument against statins preventing Alzheimer’s can first be simply looked in the statistics of each in the United States.
“According to a Harvard study, it was recorded that between the ages of 45 - 64, 3% of men in the study and 2% of women were taking statin drugs between 1988 and 1994.
“Between 2005 and 2008, 18% of men in the same age group were taking statins and 15% of women in the study were taking the drugs.
“The percentage of men and women over 65 years of age projected even higher percentages meaning that the rise of patients taking statins is continuously increasing.
“Logically speaking, if there is a rise in statin use, and statins presumably decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, then there should be an inverse relationship in statistics.
“But according to the Alzheimer’s Association, there is an exponential increase in the prevalence of Alzheimer’s.
“Between 2000 and 2010, the number Alzheimer’s related deaths has increased 68% and it is projected that the current 5.2 million Alzheimer’s sufferers will rise 40% by 2025.
“This is just a simple statistical paradigm of how statins are not good preventative drug for Alzheimer’s Disease.”
Other research has claimed the opposite
Other studies have claimed that statins reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, but this research shows that this is not true.
I believe that this (false) claim that statins protect against Alzheimer’s (and Parkinson’s) is due to a manipulation of the data which I believe is case for all statin studies and statin analyses.
Melville NA. Statin Use Linked to Increased Parkinson’s Risk. American Neurological Association (ANA) 2016 Annual Meeting, Presented October 16, 2016; Abstract S137: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/870996
Atta M. Exploring the Relationship between Statins and Alzheimer’s Disease: Can Statins Really Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? Advances in Alzheimer’s Disease, 2015; 4: 10-14.
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