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Are Statins Being Used as an Excuse for Unhealthy Eating?

Millions of Americans stop exhibiting dietary caution when they are prescribed statins for high cholesterol.  Meanwhile, adults aged 45 and older have increased their statin use 10-fold, from 2 percent between 1988 and 1994 to 25 percent between 2005 and 2008.

High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease.

ABC News reports:

“’What is important is that we ensure that the drugs are used by those most likely to benefit,’ [according to Dr. Harlan Krumholz.].’We cannot lose focus on the value of healthy lifestyles can also play in promoting heart health.’”

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