Outeating a Statin


It turns out that prescribing a statin makes people feel like they can eat whatever they want.  Well, duh, doctors always knew that.  You would try to tell patients that the statin doesn’t erase all their bad eating habits and they still need to watch their diets.  Inevitably, many would shake their heads and after they left your office would go straight to McDonald’s. The study in JAMA looked at ten years of U.S. data and found that calorie and fat intake increased among statin users.  In other words, the medicine provides “a false reassurance”.  The reality is that, unfortunately, some patients that will outeat any statin or diabetic med you give them.

By the way, in the reference newspaper article above, Dr. Neil Stone, a Northwestern University heart specialist who chaired the guidelines committee, said, “My patients have always been taught that it’s not just enough to take medicine”.  Goody, for you Dr. Stone.  How pompous is that?  Like no other doctor does that?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “Outeating a Statin

  1. DoctorSH
    April 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Statins are a scam regardless. Their absolute risk reduction numbers hover at about 1%.
    Perhaps these numbers could be improved by a better diet, but then it would be the diet that worked, not the statin.

  2. Michelle
    April 29, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I have to say in dr stones defense that at least he practices what he preaches. When he was my teacher in med school he always took the stairs, even 14 flights up, and I could not keep up with him. In addition, he is not pompous in person. Journalists can misrepresent people.

    • Doug Farrago
      April 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Point taken

  3. Pat
    April 27, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Good read on Dr Stone. Another obnoxious ivory tower lord, dispensing wisdom to the little people.

  4. V N
    April 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

    This doesn’t surprise me. Its very hard to get people to change.

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