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    Take statins even if you are healthy, say experts

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    Take statins even if you are healthy, say experts

    Post by graham64 on Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:05 pm

    People should take statins regardless of how healthy and active they are, leading US experts have said.

    Researchers say taking the daily medication protects against stroke and heart attacks no matter how low a person’s cholesterol levels.

    In an article for the American Journal of Medicine, the scientists express “grave concerns” about the “many needless premature deaths” caused by people not taking statins, and point to “misplaced” and “unproven” worries that the drugs can cause diabetes.

    Current NHS advice states that doctors should prescribe the cholesterol-thinning medication where patients are judged to have a 20 per cent or greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years.

    However, the US scientists are now calling for the drugs to be prescribed even to low-risk patients.

    Joseph Alpert, professor of medicine at the University of Arizona, said: “There is no threshold for low density lipoprotein cholesterol below which there are no net benefits of statins either in the treatment or primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes.”

    Approximately six million people take statins in the UK, however a Lancet study published last September argued that number should double and that the drug’s side-effects had been greatly exaggerated.


    A separate investigation by the University of Birmingham found that failing to prescribe statins to large numbers of eligible people was contributing to 12,000 preventable strokes each year.

    “The totality of evidence clearly indicates that the more widespread and appropriate utilisation of statins, as adjuncts, not alternatives to therapeutic lifestyle changes, will yield net benefits in the treatment and primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes, including among high, medium and low-risk patients unwilling or unable to adopt therapeutic lifestyle changes,” said Professor Charles Hennekens, from Florida Atlantic University.

    He added that current prescribing practices were “especially alarming” in the context of the primary prevention of serious ill health.

    Recent research suggested that putting heart disease patients straight onto a double dose of statins could reduce their chance of dying by 20 per cent.

    Standard NHS practice is to start people on a moderate level of statins and increase levels if the drugs fail to lower cholesterol levels.

    While there is widespread academic agreement that statins are beneficial, some scientists have argued that equal positive effects could be achieved by a healthier lifestyle.

    Last August leading heart experts said patients should be prescribed Mediterranean diets - rich in fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and olive oil - before being put on drugs.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/18/take-statins-even-healthy-say-experts/

    Professor Hennekens reported that he is funded by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine of Florida Atlantic University; serves as an independent scientist in an advisory role to investigators and sponsors as Chair or Member of Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Bristol Myers-Squibb, British Heart Foundation, Cadila, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, DalCor, Genzyme, Lilly, Regeneron, Sanofi, Sunovion and the Wellcome Foundation; to the United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration

    http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(17)30014-1/fulltext


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    Re: Take statins even if you are healthy, say experts

    Post by chris c on Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:16 pm

    Buy shares now. Invest the proceeds in LCHF food.

    I guessed wrong, I expected as statins have gone off patents they'd have their PCSK9 inhibitors all lined up to go. Since they've been an abject failure they're trying to wring the last drops of profit out of what they already have.
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    Re: Take statins even if you are healthy, say experts

    Post by graham64 on Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:30 pm

    Latest from my statin news feed, may as well put baby on statins as soon as they are weaned  Rolling Eyes

    Statins curb effects of stress in womb

    https://knowridge.com/2017/01/statins-curb-effects-of-stress-in-womb/


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    Re: Take statins even if you are healthy, say experts

    Post by yoly on Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:31 pm

    Soon you would not even have to take them at least in the USA. So many people are taking them that it will contaminate all water reservoirs it will be in the drinking water of everyone. Unless you drink from a well or have a great filter. Uhhh!!!
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    Re: Take statins even if you are healthy, say experts

    Post by Derek on Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:14 pm

    @yoly wrote:Soon you would not even have to take them at least in the USA. So many people are taking them that it will contaminate all water reservoirs it will be in the drinking water of everyone. Unless you drink from a well or have a great filter. Uhhh!!!
    Not in our reservoir unless it comes down in the rain on the mountains! Smile
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    Re: Take statins even if you are healthy, say experts

    Post by graham64 on Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:50 pm

    @yoly wrote:Soon you would not even have to take them at least in the USA. So many people are taking them that it will contaminate all water reservoirs it will be in the drinking water of everyone. Unless you drink from a well or have a great filter. Uhhh!!!

    I do recall an article a few years that mentioned putting statins in drinking water  Shocked Metformin is another drug that's been implicated in water contamination 

    http://www.medpagetoday.com/endocrinology/diabetes/49375


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    Re: Take statins even if you are healthy, say experts

    Post by chris c on Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:13 pm

    Yes, I believe by a Dr Reckless.

    Meanwhile

    http://www.drdavidgrimes.com/2017/01/the-lack-of-association-between-statin.html

    http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/3/e010500

    haven't read this one yet

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