Should you take statins? The latest cholesterol debate explained | World Economic Forum

This is a must-read from the WEF. It reports that millions of people around the world take statins to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke but new research suggests they may be wasting their time. An international team of scientists has found no link between high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and heart disease in a study of people aged 60 and over.

Source: Should you take statins? The latest cholesterol debate explained | World Economic Forum

This is an important research finding. Not so long ago the UK health authorities were recommending statins for everybody over a certain age.

No doubt the public will be confused by the competing research evidence. If you’re worried consult your doctor.

Thoughts?

BBC News – Sugary drinks tax would have ‘modest’ effect on obesity

English: Keep Calm and Carry On UK government ...

English: Keep Calm and Carry On UK government poster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What scientists call "Overweight" ch...

What scientists call “Overweight” changes with our knowledge of human health (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article from the BBC is a MUST READ in my view.

BBC News – Sugary drinks tax would have ‘modest’ effect on obesity.

Personally, I was disgusted at the weak position taken by the BBC in this article; it merely cites different self-interest groups and one biased piece of research.

The real context is that obesity is a growing crisis for the UK, with the Government’s response being far too little too late. One wonders if the food and drinks’ companies are behind the UK Government‘s complacency, with their robust lobbying?

Surely, it’s time for the UK Government to take a strategic look at obesity and consider significantly higher taxes, across the board, for the whole food and drink sector where there is a link to obesity?

Any thoughts?

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