Remember when we were little kids and would say ” let’s pretend?”
Well, when it comes to taking statins, we would probably be better off pretending that we are not taking them.
Scientists have been studying statin takers for some time, and as it turns out they are getting a false sense of security from the drugs,which is having an effect on what they choose to eat. And how much they eat as well. Over a period of two years statin takers, on average had a two point increase in their BMI, which is a rough measure of how fat a person is.
Interestingly, the average statin taker had a BMI of 29 at the start, and ended with a number of 31, which moved him into the obese category at the end. Not a place anyone wants to be.
Yes statins are probably helpful in preventing heart attacks and I take Crestor daily. The key is to not get lulled into a false sense of security and eat anything you want thinking you are “covered” by statins. Because you are not.
As an aside, if you are really careful about what you eat, you can get your cholesterol down without any statins at all, although since so many people are not willing to do that, the drugs are a mainstay in the pharmaceutical industry.
Hopefully one day everyone will wake up in a world where everyone is eating better, and there won’t be any need for drugs that are a band- aid for bad eating habits.