Statins are prescribed for the purpose of reducing cholesterol levels, which have long been viewed as a major risk factor for heart disease. How many people know the long-term risks (or benefits, or otherwise) of statins before they take them?
- “Statins can halve patients’ risk of dying from cancer”. These data were based on observational studies, they were publicized at a conference, generated headlines globally—and have since been contested.
- “Statins may reduce dementia by a third”
- “Double duty drug: statins may fight MS”
- “Statins could reverse most common form of blindness”