The raison d'etre of this website is to provide you with hard scientific information which may help you make informed decisions in your quest for health (so far I have blogged concise summaries of over 1,500 scientific studies and have had three books published).

My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Statins increase the risk of musculoskeletal pain

This study was published in the American Journal of Medicine 2012 Feb;125(2):176-82

Study title and authors:
Statin use and musculoskeletal pain among adults with and without arthritis.
Buettner C, Rippberger MJ, Smith JK, Leveille SG, Davis RB, Mittleman MA.
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

This study can be accessed at:

This study investigated the relationship between statin use and musculoskeletal pain. (The musculoskeletal system is made up of the body's bones (the skeleton), muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together). The study included 8,228 adults aged 40 years or more.

The study found those taking statins had a 15% increased risk of musculoskeletal pain compared to non-users.