Way More Americans Could Go on Statins!

Pretty soon, 11.2 million more people could be put on cholesterol-lowering medications. A new study in Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes reveals statins, such as Crestor and Lipitor, can lower heart attack and stroke risk by 44%. Currently, 33.5 million older Americans, with high cholesterol and hypertension, take statins. However, authors of the new study, called JUPITER, believe 44.7 million people now fit the criteria for statin therapy, meaning more and more prescriptions; HealthDay News reports.

Not all news on statins is good! Just last week, research came out linking statins, like the aforementioned Crestor and Lipitor, with rare eye disorders, including eyelid-droop and double-vision. That means 11.2 million more people will have googly eyes!

I guess it’s easier to prescribe pills and meds, than fruits and vegetables, which naturally reverse and prevent high cholesterol and heart disease.

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David - January 21, 2009 8:19 AM

In an article that is about science I think it really hurts your cause to say silly things like "That means 11.2 million more people will have googly eyes!" That number of people certainly will not have "googly eyes" and nowhere near 100% of people who take stains suffer from eyelid-droop side effects. Better to stick to the facts, which speak loudly for themselves.

Gerry Pugliese - January 21, 2009 8:31 AM

Hey David-

I'm sure people have told you this before. But, lighten up.


Sharon Shaw - January 21, 2009 11:05 PM

11.2 MORE customers for statins!! Whee!! Big Pharma is drooling even more than usual--cha-ching!!
How long before they sell 'em at your neighborhood movie theatre? Extra butter, please!

HAROLD LINDENTHAL - January 22, 2009 1:09 AM


David's comments were sober and accurate. Instead of responding objectively to his criticism, your response made it appear that he is suffering from some over-the-top emotional problem.

How about answering him in a substantive manner.

Harold (and mellow0

Gerry Pugliese - January 22, 2009 6:32 AM


I'm sure people have told you this before. But, lighten up.



Steve - January 22, 2009 3:58 PM

Hi Gerry
David said "Stick to the facts". I think the most important fact here is that 99 percent of people with heart disease can be treated with aggressive nutrition, exercise and attitude.

Isn't this much better than taking on any risk whatsoever from the extremely untrustworthy big pharma companies, let alone getting stented or having your chest sawed open, when natural options exist?
Regards, Steve

Josh Souverain - January 23, 2009 11:51 AM

of course the best natural heart disease risk reduction strategy is to eliminate all sugar and starch from the diet, eliminate vegetable oils, and make sure you are getting enough omega 3, either via supplements, or eating plenty of fish,grass fed beef, etc. This is actually what the real science tells us.

Gerry Pugliese - January 23, 2009 12:03 PM

Hey Josh Souverain-

Sorry, only pseudo-science and fad diets extol the benefits of beef for cardio health.

Yes, you want to cut refined grains and sugars, but starchy vegetables and fruit sugars, along with beans, nuts, seeds and green vegetables, are key to heart protection.


HAROLD LINDENTHAL - January 23, 2009 1:25 PM

Steve, though I don't know if the number is 99% I agree with you that many / most people can be treated nutritionally and with exercise, etc. Thanks for "sticking with the facts."

Steve - January 25, 2009 8:46 AM

Harold, the 99% figure was my attempt to remember a quote from a recent book by Dr Dean Ornish. I respect Dr O because of his decades long track record, especially the fact that his research actually attempts to find out whether his patients "get better", not just some "number has changed" like HDL and LDL.

Saying increased HDL means increased health is, to me, a bit like saying our city is very "green" because we have millions of garbage trucks.


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