Simvastatin Causes Changes in Affective Processes in Elderly Volunteers*.
That’s the title of a report published on page 70 of the January 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. It demonstrates that at least one of the statin drugs does something to change mood. It probably does it by bringing about changes in the brain – either in its structure or in its operation. Is this important? Yes.
How can a drug that lowers cholesterol change the brain? To start, brain tissue is comprised of as much as 60% fat. Every nerve, for example, is coated with it, like the insulation on a wire. It’s called the myelin sheath. Logically, then, anything that can lower lipid levels is likely to lower it throughout the body – including the brain.
There is no solid evidence that cholesterol itself causes any medical problems, including heart disease. Merely lowering cholesterol will not reduce the risk of heart disease. This is a fact.
Clearly, elevated cholesterol is associated with disease but that does not mean that it causes the disease. Instead, I am convinced that heart disease and elevated cholesterol are probably the result of the same underlying thing.
The fact that cholesterol levels fall when people take certain B vitamins suggests strongly that elevated cholesterol is a likely result of a nutritional deficiency or imbalance. It seems very clear, then, that correcting a nutritional problem can lower cholesterol and reduce risk. However, that’s too simple an explanation. Why improve your diet when there’s a drug available (tongue firmly planted in cheek)?
The title of this page is “Statins Can Make You Dumb?” because there seems to be a logical connection between lowering lipid levels and brain functions. The study makes a clear point that aggressively lowering lipids with simvastatin changes *affect [mood]. If it can do that it can also make other changes in brain function – like thinking, memory, and so on – often referred to as cognitive dissonance.
Using chemicals to lower lipids probably has a negative impact on the overall functioning of the brain.
Would you really want to have a healthy heart and be too stupid to enjoy it?
Simvastatin (ZOCOR) is a lipid-lowering drug. It isn’t the only one but it’s the one mentioned in this study.
*DEFINITION: AFFECT is a subjectively experienced feeling state (emotion) and the observable behavior that represents it.
Authors: Morales, Knashawn1; Wittink, Marsha2; Datto, Catherine; DiFilippo, Suzanne; Cary, Mark1; TenHave, Thomas; Katz, Ira R.
Please read everything you can about Statins. I am extremely passionate about this topic and I’m standing up and yelling about it.
Here are links to every article or blog post I’ve made regarding the subject:
- Your Health: Cholesterol
- Your Health: Inflammation, Statins & Cardio Vascular Disease
- Your Health: Heart Health Without Drugs
- Your Health: Cholesterol CAUSES Death?
- Side Effects of Cholesterol Drugs
- Heart Health: Policosanol & Niacin vs. Drugs
- Statin Drugs Can Kill You
- Statin Drugs Can Make You Dumb
- That’s The Drugs Talking…
- My cholesterol numbers are high!
- My TOP THREE Worst Drugs