Dr. Mercola had a post recently about results of a recent study published in the Lancet that essentially recommends even people without increased risk of heart disease should take statin drugs. In fact, the study concluded that the most “cost effective” way to go would be to just prescribe these drugs to everyone 50 or older – whether they need them or not. You can read the entire article here if you wish to.
So, my first question is – this is most cost effective for whom? Consumers or pharmaceutical companies? My second is – who funded this report?
There is abundant research and information that cholesterol is the least predictive factor for cardiovascular disease. In fact, many people who suffer heart attacks have perfectly normal cholesterol levels.
Statins are known to damage muscles, deplete Co-Q 10 which can lead to heart failure and to lower cholesterol too much leading to increased incidence of cancer, Alzheimer’s, depression, diabetes and hormonal problems.
So before we blow out the 50 candles and run to the pharmacy to fill that statin prescription, maybe we need to pay more attention to the factors we can control that really impact overall and cardiovascular health instead of just popping a pill that has documented negative side effects and questionable efficacy.
What do you think about this “one size fits all” mentality when it comes to drugs?