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Daily Express - - News - HANNA GEISSLER Health Re­porter

CON­FLICT­ING re­ports on the ef­fec­tive­ness and safety of statins can leave pa­tients wor­ried about pos­si­ble side-ef­fects.

A study at the Al­bert Ein­stein Col­lege of Medicine in New York sug­gested the choles­terol-low­er­ing drugs may in­crease the risk of Type 2 di­a­betes by up to 30 per cent.

They have also been linked to mus­cle aches, mem­ory loss, kid­ney problems and sleep dis­tur­bance, with con­cerns that the drugs are over-pre­scribed.

Con­sul­tant car­di­ol­o­gist Dr Aseem Mal­ho­tra says the “over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity” of peo­ple tak­ing statins will not ben­e­fit. How­ever oth­ers, in­clud­ing the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion, claim the drugs play an es­sen­tial role in re­duc­ing the risk of an­other car­dio­vas­cu­lar event for many of the 915,000 peo­ple in the UK who have sur­vived a heart at­tack.

Dr Liam Smeeth, a pro­fes­sor of clin­i­cal epi­demi­ol­ogy, says the ben­e­fit of statins has “been shown time and again”.

With ex­perts un­able to agree, more re­search is vi­tal.

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