A new study from the journal Atherosclerosis reports that among statin users, a vitamin D level below 15 ng/ml is associated with increased musculoskeletal pain compared to non-statin users with the same levels.
Statins are one of the most popular prescription medications used to help lower cholesterol. They are also used to treat patients with autoimmune disorders and certain cardiovascular conditions. However, non-compliance in the use of statins is relatively common because patients prescribed the medicine often experience musculoskeletal pain.
This pain, known as statin-induced myalgia (SIM), affects between 10 to 20% of statin users. Scientists have yet to discover what causes this pain, but it is suggested that coenzyme Q10 levels play a role.