A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine claims taking statins preventively can dramatically reduce the risk of heart attack in men and women with no history of heart disease, the research was funded by Crestor; PBS reports.
Then on his show, comedian Stephen Colbert ripped the study calling it, “A great breakthrough in the battle to find things to prescribe to people who don’t need them.” Although, he admits to crushing statins on his bacon chili cheese corndogs. Eek!
All joking aside, this seems pretty shameless to me. Taking pills just because! Listen, statins aren’t wonder drugs. They carry heavy side effects, like hepatitis and jaundice. Besides, the best preventative medicine for heart disease is a vegetable-based diet.