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Daily Apple – Or Statin – Equally Likely To Keep The Doctor Away

December 17, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Eating just one apple a day would prevent or delay around 8,500 vascular deaths such as heart attacks and strokes every year among adults over age 50 in the U.K., a British study has found. The same result could also be achieved, perhaps with more side effects and complications like muscular myopathy, by taking statins each day. The researchers used mathematical models to analyze the effect of eating an apple a day on common causes of “vascular mortality”. Subjects in the study did not already take statins. A daily statin given to 17.6 million more adults would reduce vascular deaths by 9,400 a year, while a daily apple given to 22 million Britons over 50 years would prevent 8,500 vascular deaths.
A. D. M. Briggs et al., "A statin a day keeps the doctor away: comparative proverb assessment modeling study", BMJ, December 17, 2013, © Briggs et al.
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