Are Statins Right For You?

About 11-million Americans take cholesterol-lowering drugs known as Statins.

They are the most widely sold drugs in this country.

Some doctors say they are over-prescribed, while others say they are not prescribed enough.

If you have high cholesterol, your doctor will probably recommend one of them.

Current guidelines say you should be on a Statin if your cholesterol is higher than 190 or you have other risk factors like heart disease. However, doctors say Statins are over-prescribed.

Beatrice Golomb, M.D., Ph.D. at the University of California says they are only proven to help middle-aged men who have, or are at risk, of heart disease. ”There's not really evidence that the benefits exceed the harms for women, for the elderly, or for men who aren't at high risk,” she says.

Doctors agree you have to decide for yourself whether Statins are right for you.

Other studies show the drugs may prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis.

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