‘Statins, the cholesterol-lowering drug, has once again been given much publicity. Various mainstream media outlets all over the UK have been doing their utmost to tell the public about the claims made from a new study on statins.
Published in the Lancet medical journal, the study claims that the benefits of taking statins; lowered incidences of heart attacks and strokes have been underrated, while the harmful side-effects were not as bad as previously thought.
According to the BBC currently 7 million people are on statins in the UK. Around 2 million of these take the drug because of a history of cardiovascular incidence including heart attacks and strokes. The remaining roughly 5 million take the drug because they are ‘at risk’ for diabetes, blood pressure and age-related factors. These figures proportionally reflect the rest of the Western world.’