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  1. BMY
    March 19, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    If some studies do point to the positive effects statins have on reducing mortality rates in people with Coronary Artery Disease and if that is the reason (mortality reduction) given for prescribing a statin, how does one find appropriate reason to drop the use of statins if that means going against the prescribing doctors orders?

    • March 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Simple, sound question. I am afraid no one, including me, will like the answer. Look, even in the studies that show benefit it is in the setting of a select group of people, in a tight control matrix. The results do not approach the known benefits of proper and intense exercise and we know from other studies such exercise results in injury in those on statins, so the painful conundrum ‘dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t’ arises. Early in the history of this class of drugs experimental signals in the data led researchers to think statins would protect against osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimers and other forms of dementia and on-by-one these ‘signals’ have proven false; the drugs simply do not do all that early promise offered. Yet, the early promise is still often sold as the real thing. The cancer issue is the last to fall but recent studies have pretty much disproved even this weak signal. So…you will need to make a carefully informed decision and accept the uncertainties. Finally don’t trust us either. There is no dispositive single study that will give you the guidance you seek. Recent publications have proven that the decision algorithms used to make statin use recommendations widely over estimate real risk of vascular events like stroke and heart attack. I sell better diet, more effective exercise and Spiritual discipline; they sell drugs. Neither one will work unless you take your medicine so this isn’t just theory.

  2. John
    April 14, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Great Article Mike,

    I’m 62 years old and 14 months ago, a stent was forced on me by my former cardiologist (a subject for another post) and now I don’t trust doctors much. I was put on Lipitor and then Pravastatin, but both made my legs weak and tingle like I had neuropathy.

    After much research, I’ve decided that I’m never going to take another statin again. I lost 30 lbs in the first few months after the stent and I’ve kept it off for a year now. (I’m 6’1″ and I now weigh 184.)

    I eat virtually no sugar and little carbs and I exercise and lift weights 5 days per week. I recently had an NMR profile completed on my lipids and the results put me in the moderate risk for CVD and my Lp(a) is 10. My HDL is 44, trigs are 83, LDL-C is 100. Total Chol is 160. How in the world my former cardiologist talked me into a heart cath is beyond me.

    So, here is my question: Is my Plan of Action one prescribed by anyone in the medical community? Everywhere I turn, from family doctor to cardiologists, they want me to take statins and when I tell them that I won’t, they don’t seem very happy.

  3. Lee
    September 30, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I read many of the studies on statins. They claimed to reduce LDL and prolong life but did not mention if there were life style changes. Like quiting smoking, eating healthier or if they started exercizing more. They seemed conditionaly bias to me.

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