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Statin Users Are Eating More Fat, Undermining The Effect Of The Drug

April 28, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study comparing statin drug users in 2000 and 2010 found the recent group eating more calories and fat, thereby undermining  therapeutic effect of the drugs. The data suggested to researchers that taking statins to lower cholesterol gave patients a “false sense of security” that led to greater body mass index levels and a greater risk of heart disease and other obesity-related health problems. Analyzing data from national health surveys conducted ten years apart, the researchers found that caloric intake among statin users rose 9.6 percent over the decade, and fat consumption rose 14.4 percent. Eating more fat, especially saturated fat, leads to higher cholesterol levels that undermine the purpose of taking statins.
Takehiro Sugiyama et al., "Different Time Trends of Caloric and Fat Intake Between Statin Users and Nonusers Among US Adults. ", JAMA Internal Medicine, April 28, 2014, © Sugiyama et al.
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