I have not written anything for a very long time. Mostly because I’m lazy son of a b…. But one reason is that I been travelling a bit. And been busy.
During one of the trips did this headline catch my eye.
The purpose of the headlines on a newspapers front page, is to do what this made me to do. Make you want to buy the paper and read all about it. Which I did.
Some of the quotes from the article:
“lives could be saved by statins”….”dismissed fears over side-effects”…”led to a marked reduction in people suffering heart attacks”
So clearly statins is a wonder drug. The person first mentioned in the article is a guy named Dennis Ko. A search on the internet of “dr Dennis Ko statins” gives an array of hits.
A couple are:
Statin side-effects can often be overcome
Cholesterol-reducing statins’ ‘benefits’ outweigh hazards of sid- effects
Statins ‘save lives’ despite side-effects
So is this a new study that proof without doubt, that statins rely do work for people that never had any previous heart problems. Because that what we are lead to believe aren’t we.
Well no, actually it is not even a study of the effectiveness of the drug to prevent any heart attacks. Let’s see what we can get out of the articles.
The main points seem to be:
- The drug, …, has already led to a marked reduction in people suffering heart attacks
- ..patients give up on the pills after suffering minor side-effects such as headaches, nosebleeds and digestive problems.
- “..particularly for people with a history of heart problems, you should persist….”
- Statins are extremely effective at reducing cholesterol, the fatty substance which clogs arteries, triggering heart attack or stroke.
- People quit taking the drug because of the side-effects. But then they start again.
So lets take a look on them one by one.
1 The drug has already led to a marked reduction in people suffering heart attacks
Well if this was the case. Why do they not present a paper that shows it? Papers that shows that about 1 out of about 200 did not get an heart attack again(!) is to me not a reason to celebrate. Especially if they dying early of other reason instead.
2 Patients give up on the pills after suffering minor side effects such as headaches, nosebleeds and digestive problems.
Well they also mention that the are not so minor side-effects like: kidney problems, muscle wastage
Search on the internet: Gives following list:
Flushing of the skin
Muscle aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia)
Nausea and/or vomiting
Abdominal cramping and/or pain
Bloating and/or gas
If this list is right. Yeah very nice to have.
Maybe a visit to spacedoc could be interesting. His name come from the fact he used to be an astronaut.
3 Particularly for people with a history of heart problems, you should persist
Oh yes isn’t that the point. That is why they cannot show any paper on the “ marked reduction in people suffering heart attacks”. As supposedly the only ones that maybe do benefit from statins. Are just those that have had an heart problem. Usually 1 out of 200. And if you are a male. They avoiding to mentioning that.
Meaning if you do not have had a problem the drug is not worth a nickel for your body. But you still pays at least 40p a day. That is 146 £ a year. Remember this is the lowest cost. Another page state it can be up to 200 $ a month. For those who have not had any heart problem. It is just a waist of money. And for the few rest. They should look up if it is rely the cholesterol that is the problem.
Primary prevention (those with no prior heart problem)shows no increase of life expectancy
Secondary prevention (those who have had a problem) does according to some say you will only increase you life with 15 days.
4 Statins are extremely effective at reducing cholesterol, the fatty substance which clogs arteries, triggering heart attack or stroke.
Well the problem is that everybody nowadays seem to agree on at least one thing. Serum (finer word for total) has nothing to do with the risk of clogging of arteries. Higher levels have instead shown in studies to increase the length of your life. You maybe die of heart decease, but you live longer. It’s special types of cholesterol that is associated with heart problem. But only associated.
And statins does not only block cholesterol, it also block other building blocks you body need.
5 People quit taking the drug because of the side effects. But then they start again.
And this is the big new study that the articles are about. They made a study that shown, that most people who started taking statins, and quit because of the side-effects. Started again within a year.
So that is the reason for having the sub headline “New research shows benefits of wonder drug”. Again their words not mine.
I write this again. The new evidence is the fact that people who once started with statins will start taking it again.
I do not even try to find the scientific paper. It is worthless. But they made headlines that made me buy the newspaper.