Statin drugs for high cholesterol are swallowed by millions of people every day.
The question for this post is… Do they save lives?
Well, according to the following trial (and others), statin drugs DO NOT save lives.
Read on, but don’t stop your statin without speaking with your doctor (or grab a call with me)
What is a Statin Drug?
In the 1980’s, a class of pharmaceuticals was discovered that inhibited the production of cholesterol. These drugs blocked an enzyme called HMG CoReductase, so the end-product cholesterol was not made. Cholesterol was promoted as enemy #1 for your heart.
The statin drugs include simvastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin and atorvastatin with brand names like Zocor, Lipitor and Crestor.
They lowered cholesterol dramatically, that is without question. But we don’t get awarded for low numbers. We want to know if swallowing a pill saves lives.
Do Statin Drugs Save Lives?
2017 saw the publication of ALLHAT-LLT in the prestigious JAMA publication. JAMA is the Journal of the American Medical Association, one of the biggest medical magazines in the world.
Here is the clip of the title:
So, this trial looked at people:
- 65 and over
- Without a history of heart attack, stent or bypass surgery
And over 4000 people were divided into two groups: one got a statin drug and the other placebo.
Here are the results regarding who lived and who died after 6 in the age 65-74 group-
Yes, there was an 8% high risk of death in the statin group if aged 65 to 74.
Now let’s take a look at those 75 and older
If you were 75 and older, the risk of death was 34% higher if you took the statin drug!
Why would you take something that increases your chances of dying?
How NOT to Die
Pharma is not the answer.
The answer is to fix the cause of coronary artery disease. After all, you are not deficient in statins drugs.
The best way not to die… read my book and follow the principles in the book.
Grab your free copy at FreeHeartBook.com