Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What If Lowering Risk Factors Doesn't Work???

What happens when doctors focus on treating risk factors that may not be actual risk factors?  You end up with a multi-billion dollar class of drugs that don't seem to be helping all that much.  In fact, these drugs are probably doing more harm than they are doing good.

Statins are used to lower "high" cholesterol.  "High" cholesterol is classically seen as a risk factor for heart disease.  Problem is, lowering cholesterol doesn't seem to be doing much good for the people taking these medications.  Here is the question, is the perceived risk factor valid?


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