They made a promise… and they LIED about it.
What a shocker!
Statins were supposed to “change everything” by CUTTING cholesterol… and therefore BEATING BACK heart disease.
Well, here we are… all these years later… and someone’s finally crunched all the numbers.
New research reveals the truth about the drugs given to tens of millions of Americans for more than 30 years now.
And let’s just say that anyone who’s been popping these drugs these past two, three, four decades is about to get REALLY ticked off.
The ugly reality of cholesterol meds
I doubt they were hoping this new study would end up DEBUNKING statins.
They’re certainly not billing it that way, either.
But tucked away in the data is something the drug industry bosses no doubt hope you’ll NEVER see.
They’ve quietly calculated a number that reveals just how many people you have to drug… for how long… before you see ANY kind of benefit.
And let’s just say you won’t hear them mention this number in a commercial anytime soon – not even in that part at the end, where the guy talks super-fast and lists all those horrible side effects.
In fact, the only place you’ll find it… without digging through the details of this study yourself… is RIGHT HERE.
The bottom-line number, based on an analysis of many, many, MANY studies over the years, is what’s called an NNT10 of 21.
Allow me to translate: NNT is the number needed to treat. The 10 means over the course of 10 years. And the 21 is the number of patients.
In other words, you have to give high-dose statins to 21 people… for an entire decade… to prevent one single case of arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
And for moderate-dose statins, the NNT10 is 32.
You’d have to drug 32 people for a decade to prevent a single case of the disease.
I bet they massaged the data to come up with as optimistic scenario as possible… and yet this is STILL a terrible number.
Don’t get me wrong here. If you could prevent just ONE case of this disease… for ZERO side effects… and ZERO toxicities… this would be a medical marvel.
And it’d be worth every bit of the hype.
But that’s not the case here.
That “benefit” would likely be offset by at least one… and possibly more… cases of diabetes caused by the drug, which is a very real risk.
And a large number of patients on statins – up to 1 in 10 – battle muscle pain, in some cases so severe that muscle breaks down into blood and can damage the liver and kidneys.
There’s also memory loss… sexual side effects… even stroke risk… all linked to this class of drug.
You face ALL that… for a 5% shot at avoiding arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease????
Here’s a better plan…
Don’t stress your cholesterol, because LDL just isn’t the big risk factor they’ve hyped it up to be.
For real protection, eat better… drop a little weight… and stick to proven natural options that can help WITHOUT hurting.
I suggest starting out with fish oil, L-carnitine, coenzyme Q10, magnesium, and vitamin E as mixed tocopherols.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen