Now MORE experts claim statins are a waste of time: They say studies show cutting bad cholesterol fails to slash heart risk  | Daily Mail Online

Millions of patients are being misled about the controversial drugs says a group of doctors from several countries. They said side-effects may be far more common than major studies suggest.

  • Millions being misled about the controversial drugs says group of doctors
  • They said side-effects may be far more common than studies suggest
  • A London cardiologist says millions of patients have been ‘overmedicated’  

Millions of patients are being misled about the pros and cons of statins, experts claimed last night.

Accusing the medical establishment of perpetuating a ‘great cholesterol con’, they questioned whether statin pills are as effective as claimed.

The group of doctors, from Britain, the US, France and Ireland, said the very theory on which statins are based – that lowering ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol cuts heart disease – is ‘fundamentally flawed’.

Doctors say the theory on which statins are based – that lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol cuts heart disease – is ‘fundamentally flawed’ and there is no evidence that this is correct for over 60s

Writing in the Prescriber medical journal, they said the side-effects of statins may be far more common than major studies suggest – and called for companies and academics to publish their raw data so others could independently analyse the results.

Others last night dismissed their claims – and said the evidence that statins save lives is ‘overwhelming’.

Most cardiologists think cholesterol-busting statin pills are a cheap, safe and effective way of preventing heart attacks and strokes among an ageing and increasingly obese population.

But many others are uneasy about prescribing drugs to patients ‘just in case’ they have heart problems later on. And authors of the new piece, led by London cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, question whether they are even as effective as thought, claiming the ‘cholesterol con’ has led to ‘overmedication’ of millions.

Instead, they say, clinicians should focus on diet and lifestyle.

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