GENETIC RISK FACTORS FOR STATIN MYOPATHY FOUND; COENZYME Q10, CARNITINE SUPPLEMENTS MIGHT HELP
I will refrain from dancing around saying “I told you so.” I have always noted that I felt the deaths that occurred with Baychol were most likely due to a genetic suseptability to a lower CoQ10 status. The statins are well known to inhibit the production of CoQ10 while it is lowering cholesterol. So, take a person who has a genetically diminished ability to produce CoQ10 and shut that production down. These people literally melted because one of the main protectors against oxidative stress was taken away.
Recent findings have confirmed that this is indeed the pathway that these fatal reactions took. However, what continues to stump me is that researchers would suggest giving CoQ10 and L-carnitine along with the statin drugs. With literally no end to the natural approaches to lowering cholesterol, NONE of which required another natural compound to be used to protect from KILLING the patient, why even think about using statins? This mindset escapes me.