Even with a good exercise lifestyle, elevated cholesterol levels can occur in those with prediabetes metabolic syndrome.
Statins are a commonly prescribed class of medicines used for the management of elevated cholesterol levels. Discussion regarding their use is quite controversial in the blogosphere, but not so among the conventional medical community.
Nevertheless, smart Nutrientology readers should know that statins may impact muscles in various ways. I have previously posted about the tendency of statins to increase your risk of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes as well as their effect on an important player in the production of energy in the body known as enzyme CoQ10.
Some studies have also suggested that statins may affect the ability to recover from exercise. One such study looked at the affect of statins on the muscles of people running the Boston Marathon. The runners on statins had higher blood levels of an enzyme released from damaged muscle tissue indicating that they experienced more muscle damage as a result of the marathon run.
The researchers also found that the amount of damage increased with the age of the runner. You may or may not feel this damage any more than you would any other post-exercise muscle soreness. Another study that looked whether or not statins increased the amount of muscle soreness in the elderly after exercise. These authors concluded that, “elderly individuals may participate in various physical activities, even high-intensity muscle-damaging activities, without negative impact on muscle function and adaptation.”
If you are on a statin and experience muscle weakness it may be caused by the statin medication, particularly if the weakness is mostly in your hands, feet and lower legs.
The relevance of an increased cholesterol level is beyond the scope of this post. Stay in tune with Nutrientology for more on this subject in the future.
Common statin medications include: Lipitor (atorvastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), Altoprev (lovastatin extended-release), Livalo (pitavastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Advicor or Simcor (extended release niacin and lovastatin), Vytorin (ezetimibe and simvastatin).