Should Healthy Men Take Stains? Opinions May Vary
I know you pay close attention to my in-office pontificating. So you’ve got a pretty good idea of my stand on the proliferation of lifetime medications such as statin therapy for cholesterol lowering.
The conventional wisdom pro-statin camp has been under increasing pressure lately. The latest trend in healthcare analysis is using meta-analysis (reviewing the best quality studies all together) to form a consensus opinion. The statin outcomes have not been so promising and the risk associated with statin use need to be put into perspective, especially if the risk out ways any benefit.
So this month JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) published dueling opinions about taking statins. It is a very interesting idea and I applaud their open discussion.
Here’s the question they asked: Should a 55-year-old man who is otherwise well, with systolic blood pressure of 110 mm Hg, total cholesterol of 250 mg/dL, and no family history of premature CHD(coronary heart disease) be treated with a statin?
Here are the opinions:
Against taking statins
For Taking Statins
If you care to, after you’ve read the articles, let me know. Then you get my opinion.