New book in Dutch

Eet vet word slank

Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

In dit boek lees je o.a.: * heel veel informatie ter bevordering van je gezondheid; * hoe je door de juiste vetten te eten en te drinken kan afvallen; * hoe de overheid en de voedingsindustrie ons, uit financieel belang, verkeerd voorlichten; * dat je van bewerkte vetten ziek kan worden.

Trick and Treat:
How 'healthy eating' is making us ill
Trick and Treat cover

"A great book that shatters so many of the nutritional fantasies and fads of the last twenty years. Read it and prolong your life."
Clarissa Dickson Wright

Natural Health & Weight Loss cover

"NH&WL may be the best non-technical book on diet ever written"
Joel Kauffman, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Do statins cause impotence?

L. de Graaf, A. H. P. M. Brouwers, & W. L. Diemont, et al. Is decreased libido associated with the use of HMG-CoA-reductase inhibitors? Br J Clin Pharmacol 2004; 58: 326-328

Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb, Goudsbloemvallei 7, 5237 MH 's-Hertogenbosch, and General Practice, Pastoor Omenstraat 6, 5121 EN Rijen, the Netherlands


Aims and methods
To describe patients with decreased libido during use of a HMG-CoA-reductase inhibitor, and to discuss causality and pharmacological hypotheses for this association by analysis of the adverse drug reactions (ADR) database of the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb.

Eight patients were identified as having decreased libido during use of statins. In two of these cases testosterone levels were determined and appeared to be decreased.

Decreased libido is a probable adverse drug reaction of HMG-CoA-reductase-inhibitors and is reversible. The ADR may be caused by low serum testosterone levels, mainly due to intracellular cholesterol depletion.


HMG-CoA-reductase inhibitors are more commonly known as statins.

There was an article on the BBC news recently the week about drug companies inventing ills for their pills in order to maximise profits. Could it possibly be the case that, by selling more and more men statins — and, thus, reducing their ability to 'get it up' — they are creating a bigger market for their Viagra?

Or am I being cynical?

It could be the case also that low testosterone levels and impotence are caused by low levels of blood cholesterol.

Last updated 9 April 2005

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