Daily fresh fruit lowers heart death risk as much as statins – Telegraph

Citing latest research at Oxford University, the Telegraph reports that eating a piece of fruit each day significantly lowers the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, an effect size as large as taking a statin.

Source: Daily fresh fruit lowers heart death risk as much as statins

This is an important research result as statins can have significant side effects whilst fruit is natural, healthy and well tolerated.

I wonder if this research will stop doctors prescribing statins so readily? I understand that in the UK it’s common for doctors to prescribe the cheapest statins but they’re not necessarily the most appropriate.

In my experience people who take statins often then ignore their diet as they think they’re protected by statins.

Thoughts?

 

Aspirin can protect against cancer – and treat it, according to new research | Features | Lifestyle | The Independent

According to this must-read article from the Independent, if any medicine can lay claim to the title “miracle drug”, it is surely aspirin. This article takes a look at the latest research that aspirin can protect against and help with cancer.

Source: Aspirin can protect against cancer – and treat it, according to new research | Features | Lifestyle | The Independent

The evidence is compelling but there is one open question. Should middle-aged people be taking aspirin as a deterrent?

Thoughts?