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New Cholesterol Guidelines May Put 13 Million More on Statin Drugs

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  • Controversial revised cholesterol-treatment guidelines loosened the definition of who would qualify for statin drug treatment to prevent heart disease, greatly increasing the number of people who would be eligible for treatment
  • Compared with the older guidelines, the new recommendations would increase the number of US adults eligible for statin therapy from 43.2 million to 56 million, with most of the increase occurring among adults without heart disease
  • The new guidelines advise doctors to look at certain risk factors in order to determine if a person should be prescribed a statin drug, but the risk factors are misguided, and the new guidelines are at best 20-25 percent accurate, according to experts
  • Statin drugs, touted as “preventive medicine” to protect your heart health, can actually have detrimental effects on your heart as well as other serious health risks
  • There are far better ways to prevent heart disease than taking statins, including eating right, exercising, and maintaining healthy vitamin D levels

By Dr. Mercola

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are among the most widely prescribed drugs on the market, with one in four Americans over 45 taking them. This already inflated number is set to increase significantly, however, courtesy of controversial revised cholesterol-treatment guidelines issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) last year.

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