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HHS HealthBeat (June 24, 2014)

Sensible statins

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates many users of statins might think their cholesterol-controlling pills let them take it easy on other heart-protective practices.

UCLA researcher Martin Shapiro saw evidence in national survey data, comparing users and non-users of statins in 1999 and 2000, and in 2009 and 2010. He says consumption of fat and total calories went up for statin users, but not for non-users. He advises:

“Taking statins is not a license to eat whatever you want. It’s an opportunity to control one of the risk factors that statins is attempting to do something about.”

Statins do not control other risk factors, and overeating may make them worse.

The study in JAMA Internal Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 24, 2014