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About one million people in the Netherlands swallow statins: medicines that help reduce cholesterol levels.
Research has shown that these statins do more harm than good. And if you take these medications every five years after a heart attack, you only live for four days.
The supposed benefits of cholesterol lowering are based on cherry picking, so scientists say. They add that the drugs are wrongly recruited by farmhouses.
People who had a heart attack should move more and eat healthier, according to the researchers.
The most commonly reported side effects of statins are headaches, muscle aches and nausea. They also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
The international team of scientists has studied dozens of cholesterol lowering studies, reports the Daily Express .
Dr. Aseem Malhotra said there is no evidence that mortality due to heart disease in Western European countries decreases by statins.
“It’s time for us to go to the test instead of losing sight of us in the pharmaceutical and food industries,” said Esther van Zuuren of Leiden University.
The researchers also wrote: “Stopping statin swallowing may save more lives and improve the quality of life of people they take.”
One in 10 people taking cholesterol lowers has side effects such as nasal bleeding, sore throat, headache, nausea and muscle or joint pain.
The research has been published in The Pharmaceutical Journal .