If you are over 74 years old and have not been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis), and you are taking a statin (lipitor, crestor, etc) -YOU SHOULD STOP (of course, you should talk to your doctor first).
A large study from the British Medical Journal confirmed what I've thought for a long time - statins DO NOT PROVIDE A BENEFIT in this population (unless you have diabetes). If you have diabetes, there is a benefit with a reduction in cardiovascular events and all case mortality (i.e. dying) until you are 85, then that benefit goes away, too.
Bottom line - Statins continue to come up short as a solution for everyone, despite the push to get nearly everyone on them. Younger people at risk MAY have a reason to take a statin, but that should not be without a full evaluation and a great explanation as to how it will help!
Happy to hear your thoughts!
Bruce L. Feldman, MD
Dr Bruce is an advocate for health. You need to be your own health advocate. His blog offers his opinions and insights on numerous topics he believes might be of interest. Hope you agree!