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(The Sun)   New cholesterol lowering medication works without pesky statin side effects like spontaneous unexplained pregnancy, monkey pox, hotdog fingers, unwelcome hair growth, full body bone loss, bazooka flatulence, and thoughts of genocide. Presumably (possible nsfw content on page)   (thesun.co.uk) divider line
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6 days ago  
But does it give me a boner?
 
6 days ago  
And no mention of whether or not it was affected by grapefruit.
 
6 days ago  

Thosw: And no mention of whether or not it was affected by grapefruit.


Literally the only thing I wanted to know about it, tbh.
 
6 days ago  
My doctor wants me to go on satins, even though my cholesterol at the low end of normal.  THE COMPUTER says old people (like me) should take them regardless.  This is despite there are zero studies showing there is any advantage or reduced mortality for older people who have not had a stroke or heart attack AND have normal cholesterol.

On the plus side, all I have to do is refuse statins until I'm 75.  After that, they are contraindicated.
 
6 days ago  
Well, it's in the Sun.  It must be true.
 
6 days ago  

natazha: My doctor wants me to go on satins, even though my cholesterol at the low end of normal.  THE COMPUTER says old people (like me) should take them regardless.  This is despite there are zero studies showing there is any advantage or reduced mortality for older people who have not had a stroke or heart attack AND have normal cholesterol.

On the plus side, all I have to do is refuse statins until I'm 75.  After that, they are contraindicated.


It's actually worse than that - there are no indications that statins improve health outcomes for otherwise healthy people regardless of their cholesterol.  It will lower their cholesterol for sure, but that's just moving a number around - the actual long term health outcomes are indistinguishable from a control group.  Given the potential side-effects (muscle pain and weakness being the big ones) refusing statins is probably not a bad idea.
 
6 days ago  
Is there anything duct tape can't do? (side bar story)
 
6 days ago  

natazha: My doctor wants me to go on satins, even though my cholesterol at the low end of normal.  THE COMPUTER says old people (like me) should take them regardless.  This is despite there are zero studies showing there is any advantage or reduced mortality for older people who have not had a stroke or heart attack AND have normal cholesterol.

On the plus side, all I have to do is refuse statins until I'm 75.  After that, they are contraindicated.


My mother had/still has high cholesterol, she has steadfastly refused statins all her life and she is now 84 and still alive and well. Doctors seem overly fixated on prescribing statins, which would be okay I guess, if it weren't for statins having negative side-effects.
 
6 days ago  
The research studies so far are being run/funded/presented by the maker of that drug, ya know. Just sayin'.
 
5 days ago  
Ya know how your farts smell good?  When you take statins not so much.  They make your farts really stink.  I remember right after I started taking them there was a glass elevator in Nordstroms.  I went from floor 2 to floor 1 and dropped an air biscuit on the way down.  Turned around and enjoyed more than I should have the poor folks in that elevator going up to floor 2.  Did I mention this was the height of Christmas shopping season?  Yeah.

Odder, when you quit taking them (exercise FTW) your farts start really reeking again.  No cool stories on this one, just I couldn't stand to be in the same room as my asshole.
 
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