Before you take the plunge, you may want to consider the risks as well as the rewards. No drug is risk free.
The 40% reduction is a number cited by drug companies which is a Relative Risk Reduction figure. You may want to look at Absolute Risk Reduction figures when making a decision, as it paints a more useful picture of the products performance.
Generally speaking, statins have an Absolute Risk Reduction in the 1% to 2% range, meaning for every 100 guys who take the drug, 1 or 2 are spared a cardiac event. The other 98 patients received no benefit.
The NNT score, or Number Needed to Treat for one patient to benefit. If 100 people had to take the drug to prevent one person a heart attack, then the NNT score is 100.
Following is a link to some NNT scores to various drugs, including statins. I think you will find this useful in your decision making.
"The problem with us sciencsy guys with doctorates that you have stated are worthless..."
Doctorates are not worthless.
Education is a very good thing. Higher education is even better. But a diploma in the hands of a fool with no integrity loses its value.
There are plenty of people out there with Doctorates with integrity. Good people. I know many. There is also no shortage of people with higher education who will cheat, lie, or bend the truth in their favor.
The true value of a Doctorate is only as good as the integrity of the person who holds it.
Neither. Reduction of calories has the biggest impact.
Conversely, if a person wanted to increase their cholesterol and triglycerides, go to your favorite restaurant and consume a 4,000 calorie meal. Now get your blood tested 30 minutes after, and you will have sky high lipid counts.
Without question, the most effective diet to lower cholesterol is a fad crash diet which deprives the body of needed calories. I don't recommend these diets that promote 500-700- calories per day. They are unhealthy and dangerous.View Thread