Their effect on muscle fibers and the tendency to cause fatigue brings up the topic of exercise and whether statins make it more difficult to execute a work-out routine. There are anecdotes about patients who think statins harm their athletic performance, but formal establishment of an effect is not so clear . A recently published study showed that rats given statins were not able to run as far as rats without the drug. Analysis of the muscle showed animals on the medicine had less glycogen and there was evidence of mitochondrial damage. Mitochondria are the parts of the cells that burn fuel for energy. If statin use makes exercise more difficult and less fun, it could inadvertently lead patients to become more sedentary, which is the opposite of what is desired. Increasing concerns about muscle-related adverse events are leading to the idea that lower doses of statins should be prescribed than current practice.
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