Study Questions Whether Statins Lead To Gluttony

CHICAGO (April 25, 2014) Whether cholesterol-lowering statin drugs lead to gluttony was the question that researchers posed in a new study that found that 10 years of national health data suggest statin users have steadily increased their fat intake and calories.

If that's true, the researchers say many patients might be abandoning heart-healthy lifestyles and assuming that drugs alone will do the trick.

Statins may keep cholesterol low even if people eat less healthy food and slack off on exercise, but those bad habits can contribute to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and other problems that are bad for the heart.

The study was published online Thursday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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