The thought leaders of this world now are recommending that basically everyone 40 and older should be considered for the drug therapy. Wow. I guess they want it in the water? Intuitively, though, does it makes sense that nature would have had men and women on a statin at age 40? It is not like the earth has mushrooms with statins in them everywhere. Could it possibly be that statins are just all we have to help people because most people won’t eat right and exercise? That is my guess. And it’s not like statins are amazing drugs. If you look at www.theNNT.com you will see the following:
Taking a statin for primary prevention (with prior heart disease) over five years
Benefits in NNT
- None were helped (life saved)
- 1 in 104 were helped (preventing heart attack)
- 1 in 154 were helped (preventing stroke)
Harms in NNH
- 1 in 100 were harmed (develop diabetes)
- 1 in 10 were harmed (muscle damage)
Does this sound that great to anyone? You also have to add to this that most patients’ diets get worse after taking statin (can’t find that study right now) as they figure they have some sort of protector on board. Or how about that a Mediterranean Diet may work better than a statin?
I am not some conspiracy dude or weird granola doctor but they still don’t have me convinced. What am I missing here?