Forget healthy eating, just give statins with Happy Meals -- seriously?! | 08/17/10

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Fast food outlets should hand out free cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to their customers to "neutralize" the heart risks of eating fatty foods like burgers and fries, British scientists suggested on Thursday.

But a few experts say you might want to ask your server to hold the statin at this point.

In a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, scientists from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London calculated that the reduction in heart disease risk offered by a statin could offset the increase in risk from eating a cheeseburger and a milkshake.

"Statins don't cut out all of the unhealthy effects of a burger and fries. It's better to avoid fatty food altogether. But we've worked out that in terms of your likelihood of having a heart attack, taking a statin can reduce your risk to more or less the same degree as a fast food meal increases it," said Dr. Darrel Francis, who led the research team.

"When people engage in risky behaviors like driving or smoking, they're encouraged to take measures that minimize their risk, like wearing a seatbelt or choosing cigarettes with filters. Taking a statin is a rational way of lowering some of the risks of eating a fatty meal."

Still, Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) health charity, said Francis' idea should not be taken too literally. He urged people to focus on maintaining a good diet and taking exercise to keep their hearts healthy.

"Statins are a vital medicine for people with -- or at high risk of developing -- heart disease," he said. "They are not a magic bullet."


A study in June in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggested, in fact, that statins do not save lives in patients without heart disease, although they may prevent some non-fatal heart attacks.

Dr. Franz Messerli, the director of the hypertension program at two New York hospitals, St. Luke's and Roosevelt, worried about the message handing out statins would send to burger-eaters.

"Complimentary statin packets are prone to ... give Quarter Pounder consumers a sense of false security," he told Reuters Health by email.

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NO! NO! NO! Statins can have savage side effects neurological as experienced by my cousin, muscle deterioration by my friends, ...

Statins muck around with the way the liver is intended to function and the long term side effects of derailing natural body organs could well be horrible.

Just post on every box of McDonalds sandwiches how much saturated fat is in the serving, say that saturated fat coats heart arteries, and that the recommended amount of saturated fat is ZERO.

Do not ever use drugs to counter bad nutrition. Makes the drug companies rich and drugs are the wrong solution leading to savage side effects.


"Unintended Side Effects"
Researchers looked at data from more than two million 30-84 year-olds from GP practices in England and Wales over a six-year period.

Adverse effects identified in the study, published in the British Medical Journal, include liver problems, acute kidney failure, muscle weakness and cataracts.

For kidney failure and liver dysfunction, higher doses of the drugs seemed to be associated with greater risk.


The statine test should be reviewed and send to Expertise test and inventory. It is fine having a soft way for decreasing the rate of heart diseases and fat. But the more secure way will always remain a good diet and body exercises.

mutuelle santé

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