Statin Drugs Needlessly Given To Healthy Elderly Patients

| September 24, 2015

The following question was posted on the Daily Mail’s ‘Ask the Doctor’ column: “I retired six months ago and my doctor prescribed me 40mg simvastatin tablets [a cholesterol-lowering statin drug]. My liver tests were normal and my cholesterol level was 5. When I asked why I needed statins, I was informed that as I was now in the 65-year age group it was the general opinion that I should take them.

I am a non-smoker, non-drinker and eat sensibly. I have slight tiredness and sometimes feel lethargic. How long should I expect to be on these statins?”

A statin a day…

Here’s a summary of what the doctor said:

…This is what we call primary prevention — taking steps to minimise your chances of developing heart disease as a result of cholesterol deposits building up in the arteries supplying your heart muscle.

The point about primary prevention is that it’s for people in good health, with no previous diagnosis of the disease, yet who have some risk factors, like age, family, weight, blood pressure and smoking…

To his credit, the newspaper’s doctor did question the reason as to why this patient was given a statin drug… but also recommended that it’s best to always stick to your doctor’s advice.

Sadly, this is one example of thousands of healthy patients who are given statin drugs — that they have to take for the rest of their lives — which have not been proven in ANY way to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, especially in elderly patients.

In fact, recently the AMDA — The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine — questioned the use of statin drugs in elderly patients. Dr. Hosam Kamel, vice chairman of AMDA’s clinical practice committee, said that there is very little evidence supporting the use of statins in elderly patients who don’t have pre-existing cardiovascular disease risk factors.

He added that the results of the few studies that have focused on the supposed benefits of giving statin drugs to elderly patients as a primary prevention strategy were inconclusive.

That’s apart from the fact that in those studies where the cholesterol-lowering ability of statin drugs had a positive impact (minimal!) on reducing heart disease and stroke, the participants in the studies had exceptionally high cholesterol levels. Not normal levels.

Given the fact that these drugs are known to cause severe muscle pain, fatigue, memory loss, depression, liver dysfunction and kidney failure (to mention but a few side effects) it seems criminal that doctors prescribe them to otherwise healthy patients. And that begs the question: When it comes to prescribing statin drugs, does your doctor really know best?

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

ASK THE DOCTOR: My cholesterol’s fine so why am I on statins?, published online 22.09.15, dailymail.co.uk

Controversy Over Statins for Older Patients, published online 22.10.13, newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com Statins and New-Onset Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetic Complications: A Retrospective Cohort Study of US Healthy Adults, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Review: could Simvastatin cause Night sweats?, published online, ehealthme.com

Sniderman A, et al. Is lower and lower better and better? A re-evaluation of the evidence from the Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ Collaboration meta-analysis for low-density lipoprotein lowering. J Clin Lipidol 2012;6(4):303-9

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