Category: Latest Statin Research

Little Evidence To Support Calls To Prescribe Statins To More Women

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

Back in February, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published draft proposals concerning the use of statins for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (e.g. heart disease and strokes). Previously, doctors were urged to recommend treatment in those with a calculated 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease of 20 per cent or more. Now, […]

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Untrustworthy Research Data Downplays Statins Side Effects

| March 13, 2014 | Comments (4)

While doctors and researchers often issue soothing reassurances about the potential for statins to cause harm, this is at odds with numerous reports that they can cause side effects such as fatigue and muscle pain. Now, a recent study claims to provide evidence that, for the most part, statin side effects are ‘imagined’ [1]. In […]

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Why A Recent BMJ Article On Statins Reeks Of Bias

| February 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

On 27th January, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published an article on the benefits and risks of taking cholesterol-lowering statins. It was co-authored by two researchers from the ‘Cochrane Collaboration’ [1] (an international collective of researchers whose self-proclaimed role is to provide accurate and robust assessments of health interventions. The group specialises in ‘meta-analyses’: the […]

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What Are The Risks Linked To Stopping Your Statin Drugs?

| December 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

I make no secret of the fact that statin drugs are generally over-hyped. I think the way these drugs are sometimes described by doctors and researchers massively exaggerates their benefits. For example, we are often told that taking statin drugs reduce the risk of heart disease by a third or more. However, this ‘relative risk’ […]

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Statins Do Not Save Lives In The Elderly

| October 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

We are constantly being told that ‘raised’ levels of cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of heart disease. The overwhelming impression is that higher levels of cholesterol are inherently bad for us, and that taking measures to lower cholesterol is inherently good. There are many potential weaknesses in this thinking, though. First of all, […]

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Study Highlights The Ineffectiveness Of Statins

| October 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most conventional sources refer to the ability of statins to significantly reduce the incidence of ‘cardiovascular events’, including heart attacks (myocardial infarction). In many parts of the world, statins have been prescribed in ever-increasing amounts in recent years. If statins are so very effective at saving people from heart attacks, then we should see that […]

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Studies can make statin drugs look far safer than they actually are

| September 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Many people who take statin drugs experience problems with them such as muscle pain, fatigue, mental symptoms, kidney or liver damage. These people are sometimes described as being ‘statin intolerant’. The incidence of this issue appears to be about 5-10 per cent from the studies. The thing is, though, in many of the studies those […]

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Statins: Do The Right Patients Get The Right Treatment?

| July 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

Statins reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions such as heart attack and stroke. Their benefits are most obvious in those at greatest risk of cardiovascular disease. Back in 2007, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (now called the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) in the UK recommended that statins should be prescribed for […]

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