The data on statins in primary prevention of heart disease is rather pathetic. It is estimated that 100 people would have to take statins for a lifetime to prevent one heart attack death. On the other hand, 12% of those same 100 people will have likely developed diabetes by taking statins. That’s not a good trade-off in my opinion.
2 in 5 middle-aged patients don’t get the cholesterol-cutting drugs, despite recommendations to do so, study finds WebMD News from HealthDay By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Nearly all middle-aged patients with diabetes should be taking cholesterol-lowering statins, but cardiologists fail to prescribe these medications for 2 out of every 5 diabetics in their care, a new study finds.