03/03/2012 01:23 pm ET

Are Statins Safe Medicine?

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While millions of individuals take statins such as Lipitor and Lescol to lower their cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack, they may simultaneously be raising their risk for memory loss and other medical problems. This week, the FDA acknowledged a link between the cholesterol-lowering drugs and negative side effects, especially for women and individuals over 65 years of age.

NBC chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman joined Today's Matt Lauer to discuss the downsides of statins such as memory loss, diabetes and pain, that are often overlooked by the 30 million Americans who use them.