It was reported yesterday that cholesterol-lowering drugs offer a “quick fix for the heart, for a price.” They certainly come at a price, but do they offer a quick fix? Or has the truth been concealed for years?
Did you know, the government subsidises cholesterol medication? We, as tax payers, pay over ONE BILLION dollars every year for these drugs. Australia in particular has an extremely high use of cholesterol-lowering drugs compared to other developed nations. The National Prescribing Service says that for those over 45, prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering medication has increased from 4.8 % in 1995 to a whopping 30%. In fact, cholesterol-lowering medication is THE most common drug used in Australia, with over 22 million prescriptions filled per year!
A professor of cardiology from the university of Sydney accurately reports that cardiovascular disease “will take the lives of about half the people who die.” But, he also states that cholesterol-lowering drugs “have been shown to be very effective in reducing recurrent events in people with known vascular disease, and preventing events in people when risk is high.”
If this is the case, why are the rates of heart disease still so incredibly high. Here is why. An independent, objective review of the scientific studies was completed this year, focusing on the large scale randomised controlled trials to evaluate the effects of cholesterol-lowering medication. The result?
These drugs do indeed lower cholesterol, but do they prevent heart disease? The literature shows that cholesterol-lowering medication TRIPLES the risk of coronary artery and aortic calcification! Not only did the results show that the medication DID NOT PREVENT heart disease, it showed that it increased risk for heart disease for women, Diabetics and younger people.
Not only DO THEY INCREASE RISK FOR HEART DISEASE, the review also found that cholesterol-lowering medication increases risk for diabetes, cataract formation, erectile dysfunction, cancer, infectious diseases and neurodegenerative disorders.
In conclusion, the authors state that “These findings on MAJOR adverse effects have been under-reported, and the way in which they are withheld from the public, and even concealed, is a scientific farce.”