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Sorry, professor - statins are dangerous, and they don't save lives
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An Oxford professor believes that everyone over the age of 50 should consider taking a cholesterol-lowering statin - especially as it's never been proven the drugs have major side-effects, he claims

An Oxford professor believes that everyone over the age of 50 should consider taking a cholesterol-lowering statin - especially as it's never been proven the drugs have major side-effects, he claims. Unless you suffer from a rare genetic defect called familial hypercholesterolemia, the advice is poor, and may even be dangerous - and 900 studies that point to the drug's dangers suggest it is.
Sir Rory Collins, at the university's clinical trial service unit, says drug regulators are overstating the dangers of the drug, and are putting people off from taking it as a protection against heart disease. Statins are designed to lower levels of 'bad' LDL cholesterol that block arteries.
Apart from a small risk of myopathy, or muscle weakness, there are no other proven side-effects from a statin, he says.
Instead, everyone over the age of 50 should consider taking a statin as a just-in-case therapy to protect against heart disease and stroke, he recommends.
Sir Roy's advice is wrong - and could be dangerous. More than 900 studies have discovered a wide range of side-effects, from cataracts, memory loss, anaemia, and even cancer.
As previous WDDTY reports have demonstrated (http://www.wddty.com/the-cholesterol-myth.html), LDL isn't even'bad' cholesterol at all, but has an essential part to play, especially as we age. The only people who will benefit from a statin are those suffering from familial hypercholesterolemia, a rare genetic disorder that prevents the body from stabilising cholesterol levels normally.
(Source: Daily Telegraph, 29th August, 2012).


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