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?

Opinion – High cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease’ new research finds, so treating with statins a ‘waste of time’ – The Telegraph

English: 3D model of anti-cholesterol drug Ros...

English: 3D model of anti-cholesterol drug Rosuvastatin, also known as Crestor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a seriously irresponsible headline from the Telegraph. The article claims according to a new study that high cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease‘ so treating it with statins a ‘waste of time’.

High cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease’ new research finds, so treating with statins a ‘waste of time’

Within the article itself, it is cited that others experts question both the methodology and the conclusions of the new study.

Clearly other research studies are required before it is safe to change medical practice. Patients with high cholesterol should consult their doctors and be guided accordingly. But prevailing policies for mass deployment of statins for the elderly perhaps need reevaluation?

Thoughts?