Heart Disease and Statins, Be Informed.

pillsLifestyle changes are a critical component of reducing heart disease risk. That means following a heart-healthy diet  (light on red meat, heavy on veggies, nuts, fish and olive oil) and getting regular physical activity.  As little as an apple a day, according to Oxford University, will prevent 8500 deaths from heart disease each year year.

Many people in the US and Canada, including children, are now being prescribed statin drugs to prevent heart disease. According to Consumer Reports “.. in 2009, paediatricians wrote children in the U.S. at least 2.8 million prescriptions for drugs to lower cholesterol; nearly 2.3 million of them were for statins. ”

The wisdom of this has come into question, according to an excellent article and news story by CBC Canada posted here.  A study published in January 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine suggested statins may be associated with an increase in musculoskeletal conditions and pain, especially in physically active individuals. The New England Journal of Medicine shines a light on our hesitation to institute public health measures to prevent disease in favour of a rush to prescription drugs.

Before taking drugs for a medical condition or prevention of a medical condition, it is important to do your research so that you can make an informed decision on what your best options are for the outcomes that you are trying to achieve. Consult an healthcare practitioner. Homeopaths are schooled in alternatives to the potential dangers of conventional medicine and are happy to discuss the best options for you.

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