Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Could Statin Drugs do More Harm than Good?

A stunning article in the American Journal of Medicine questioned the widespread use of statin drugs.  At the present time, millions of patients are taking these drugs based on a computerized risk score predicting at least a 7.5% risk of having a heart attack over the next 10 years.  This is based on guesswork.  There is no proven benefit that statin drugs will reduce the risk.  Furthermore, after 15-20 years of taking a statin drug, there is a 363% increase in the incidence of diabetes, which is a major risk factor for vascular disease.  If you already have had a cardiovascular event, then statin drugs or at least red yeast rice are indicated.  Otherwise, maybe not.

 See the March, 2016 issue of the American Journal of Medicine.



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