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Should We All Be Taking Statins?

Back in 2011, I asked whether we should all be on statins. At the time, it was clear that statins offered benefits for people who had already suffered heart attacks or other serious cardiovascular problems. But for the rest of us, it wasn't clear at all. A number of studies had been published suggesting that millions more people (in the U.S. alone) might benefit from statin therapy, but most of those studies were published by drug companies that made statins. As I wrote at the time, "we need more data from completely unbiased studies." So has anything changed? Actually, it has. Last year, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) reviewed all of the evidence and updated its former (from 2008) recommendations. The evidence now suggests that some people–even those who have never suffered a heart attack–would benefit from statins. Here's what the current USPSTF recommendations suggest. If you've never had a heart attack and have no history of heart disease, you still might benefit from statins if: you're 40-75 years old, you have one or more "risk factors" for cardiovascular disease (more about this below), and you have a 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) of 7. Continue reading >>

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  1. IainGraham

    Should I take statins and metformin?

    Hi,
    I'm newly diagnosed type 2 and intend to control glucose (which isn't too bad - HbA1C is 6.2) using diet and exercise if possible though doc thinks there is benefit in taking metformin immediately. Am I right to hold off on this drug?
    Statins:
    My cholesterol levels are 5.6- HDL 1.4 LDL 3.7. Doc says this is fairly normal for someone my age (41) and weight (overweight but not obese). Doc also strongly recommends taking statins to lower LDL to under 2.0 and overall cholesterol to under 4.0.
    If achieved, I am told this would be much lower than "ordinary" people. Apparently diet alone would only result in max 20% reduction.
    I have read good and bad about very low cholesterol and also side effects of statins. Also not keen on taking drugs for the rest of my life but will do so if the benefits definitely outweigh the downside.
    Should I take statins as per Doc's advice? Anyone else had a similar experience - what did you do?
    Any good advice appreciated...my doc is normally pretty good but I don't want to rush into popping pills unless it's the right thing to do.

  2. hanadr

    I was prescribed statins and even had my dosage inreased on a lower Cholesterol than yours.(3.4) I took the prescription, but not the pills. On my low carb high fat, my cholesterol is still lower(3.0)
    I'm still not taking the things and won't unless he can show me why I should. Not only is my total cholestero low, but the important ratio is Good too
    Hana

  3. noblehead

    Iain,
    I don't think anyone can make that decision for you I'm afraid!
    This discussion comes up time and time again on the forum, members wanting to know what other members think about them being prescribed a certain medication by their gp. Unfortunately no one can answer the question, no one on the forum is medically qualified to do so, or indeed know the posters present and past medical history. The best person to discuss this with is your gp, should you not be happy with their advice, ask to speak with another gp for their opinion.
    I often wonder though, those people that refuse to take medicines that are prescribed for them by their gp/consultants, do they ever wonder what the implications may be should they fall ill or god forbid die, when the meds could have helped prevent this happening in the first place. Another thing to consider also, is that should you or your loved one wish to claim on a insurance policy (illness/life policy/pension) and the insurance company writes to your gp for a report, what are the ramifications when it is noted that you refused to take the medicine that was recommended/prescribed?
    Sounds dramatic I know, but I do often wonder about this scenario.
    Best wishes
    Nigel

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