European researchers analyzed more than 135 medical studies involving nearly 250,000 people to examine the efficacy and safety of various cholesterol-lowering statins.
“As a class, adverse events associated with statin therapy are not common,” the researchers concluded in their analysis recently published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. “Statins are not associated with cancer risk but do result in a higher odds of diabetes.”
Cholesterol medications including statins were the 5th most prescribed class of medications in the U.S. last year, according to IMS Health.
While most people do well with cholesterol medications, many are interested in alternative methods of lowering their cholesterol levels.
For those without heart disease seeking to lower their cholesterol levels or maintain healthy levels, Jefferson cardiologist David H. Wiener, MD, director of clinical operations for the Jefferson Heart Institute, says diet and exercise can have a significant impact.
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