Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., is director of the Practitioners Alliance Network and author of the popular free Smart Phone app “Cures A-Z,” and of many books including From Fatigued to Fantastic!, Pain Free 1-2-3, the Beat Sugar Addiction NOW! series, Real Cause, Real Cure, and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum does frequent media appearances including Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News Channel, The Dr Oz Show and Oprah & Friends. His website: www.EndFatigue.com
Tags: cholesterol | diabetes | heart attack | hypertension

Statins Not Worth the Cost

By Friday, 05 June 2020 04:26 PM Current | Bio | Archive

I consider the benefits of statin medications used to lower cholesterol  to be modest at best in those without known heart disease (called "primary prevention"). These medications lower heart attack death risk by less than 2%.

To put this in perspective, having optimal thyroid levels, even when normal, is associated with a 69% lower risk of heart attack death.  Even owning a cat is associated with a 30% lower risk. 

Despite these minimal benefits, the relatively high expense, and the aggravating pain and fatigue that accompanies their use in some patients, they are being heavily pushed — even being heavily marketed to pediatricians now.

I suspect this would not be happening if the medications were not so profitable, as controlling high blood pressure, decreasing excess sugar intake, exercising, stopping smoking, and even eating fish are likely more heart protective than the medications — but simply less profitable.

A major meta-analysis using data from 13 clinical trials with 91,140 participants shows these medications are associated with a 9% increased risk of developing diabetes.

It is a good idea, of course, to follow your doctor’s advice. But it’s also OK to recognize that they are being targeted with massive amounts of drug company promotion, including conferences described by some as "advertisements masquerading as scientific activities."

If you have a known heart problem, the benefits of these medications go way up. If not, it is OK to ask your doctor if improving diet, avoiding sugar, exercising, eating oily fish (tuna and salmon 3-4x week) and stopping smoking may be more beneficial.

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