A recent medical journal article suggests that three of every four statin prescriptions do nothing to prevent death, since they’re taken by people without an established diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. The researchers don’t address whether statin drugs prevent heart attacks or strokes or otherwise improve quality of life.
Most of the “healthy” people taking statins are trying to prevent heart attacks associated with high cholesterol levels. You’d think if statins prevented heart attacks, they’d prolong life. That’s not what these researchers found.
Details are at my recent Self/NutritionData Heart Health Blog post.