Statins side effects: Drug can cause 'calcium leak' within the muscles – what to look for


“Intense endurance affects the gatekeeper proteins (ryanodine receptors) that are targeted by statins, which overstrains the muscles.

“When these proteins are compromised by taking statins, the calcium leaks can result in cell death.”

According to the pharmacist, the theory that moderate exercise can counteract the effects of statins on the muscles comes from animal research.

“Researchers gave rats free access to an exercise wheel, and they found that the proteins were no longer affected by statins, which meant that the cells were not harmed.”


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