I was reading about one the other day, and the literature said "won't prevent heart attack". I'm with you. I want to see proof that a high cholesterol actually means anything. My great grand parents lived to be almost 100, eating a good farm breakfast of bacon, eggs and fried potatoes. They never even heard of cholesterol.
Statins are a conjunctive therapy with diet, blood sugar control, weight loss, exercise the whole enchilada. They do reduce cholesterol but the tried and true is still for most people diet and weight control. There are those of us with bad genes that effect cholesterol, heart disease that do not respond well. There are different drugs in the statin catagory that are new. Also the Pritiken diet which reduces fat intake to 10% of caloric intake has worked for people that do not respond to conventional tx. It is an extreme diet and difficult to stay on but was created by a cardiologist for his patient's that were not responding to statins. Google it and take a look.
Do statins really prevent a heart attack?
Unfortunately, the efficiency of statins in preventing heart attacks is immeasurable. Why? Because its impossible to prove someone would have otherwise suffered a heart attack had they NOT been taking the statin.
All we have is industry sponsored studies proclaiming the glory of their own product. And that is all we have.
It is true that death rates from heart disease have declined in the USA since statins came on the market in 1987, and statin proponents are quick to give their product the credit.
But what they aren't telling you is heart disease had been declining 20 years prior to statins, and the rate of decline pre and post statins remained unchanged.
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