Tag: "statins"

Statins Could Affect The Benefits Of Regular Exercise

| July 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

Those keen to optimise their cardiovascular health and reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke may well, in addition to ‘eating right’, take steps to be physically fit. One way exercise (e.g. walking, jogging, cycling) increases our ‘fitness’ is by inducing the production of tiny ‘engines’ in the cells known as mitochondria (my-toe-con-dree-ah). Most [...]

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Statins: Pro-statin Doctors Go On The Offensive

| July 10, 2014 | Comments (3)

I reported recently that a group of doctors, some quite prominent, had expressed concerns about the mooted expansion of the prescription of cholesterol-lowering statins, in the UK. They wrote a letter, reported widely in the press, in which they detailed six major objections to the plan, including the mass-medicalization of millions of healthy individuals, the [...]

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Doctors Speak Out Against Plans To Make Statins More Widely Available

| June 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

As I’ve suggested before, doctors and researchers can have wildly different views on statins. Some maintain these drugs are ‘highly effective’ and very safe. Others (who bother to look objectively at the research) tell us that statins only help a small minority of people who take them, and have potential harms that are real but [...]

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British Medical Journal Article Questions Plans To Increase Statin Prescriptions

| June 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Earlier this year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence mooted the idea of a reduction in the threshold beyond which statin drugs should be considered (from a 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of 20 per cent to 10 per cent). Some people believe this can only be a good thing. I believe these [...]

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Higher potency statins linked with diabetes risk

| June 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Last week, my blog post focused on the issue of the adverse effects of statins, and in particular the way these can easily be hidden or missed in the context of studies known as randomised controlled trials. The blog post was triggered by some recent controversy in the British Medical Journal. Authors of two BMJ [...]

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