If the conclusion of a report published in the American Journal of Cardiology (Aug. 15, 2010) is taken seriously you might be able to ask for a complementary dose of statin medication with your super-sized meal.
In the study conducted by researchers at the Imperial College London, the conclusion of the study found that taking a dose of statin medication, such as found in Lipitor or Crestor, along with fast food meal, may lower the expected increase of cholesterol in people who make fast foods a part of their daily diet.
The rational is that the benefits of taking a statin medication would help decrease risk of high cholesterol from the daily fat ingested with a seven ounce hamburger with cheese and a small milkshake.
The authors of this report liken passing out complimentary statin packets in the same category as recommending or urging people engaging in risky pursuits such as motorcycling or driving to use safety equipment such as helmets and seat belts to minimize the dangers associated with their risky lifestyle choices.
Statins are already used preventively by millions of Americans to lower blood cholesterol level. Statin medications work to lower the bad cholesterol (LDL). Since high LDL levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, lowering the bad cholesterol levels can reduce an individual’s risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Side Effects of Statin Medications
Side effects of statin medications are generally mild but may include:
• Nausea & vomiting
• Constipation or Diarrhea
• General weakness
• Muscle Pain
More seriously there is a rare chance of developing liver failure or Rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis is a condition that begins as muscle pain but may progress to a loss of muscle cell, kidney failure and death.
Even for those individuals under a doctor’s supervision, lifestyle changes are advised in addition to taking statin medications.
This suggestion, even if not meant to be taken seriously, simply supports the ‘quick fix’ mentality that keeps pharmaceutical companies in business. It takes far less time, effort and personal investment to hand over a pill than it does to educate people concerning healthy lifestyle choices.
Thankfully the fast-food industry is attempting to offer better food options. Still education and finding ways to support healthy lifestyle choices seems a much better option to safeguarding the health of the American people.
Rather than asking for your complementary statin packet with your super-sized burger and fries, why not grab a salad and bottle water instead?
‘MacStatins’ are not the answer to unhealthy food, (16-Aug-2010) Nutraingredients-usa.com-online, Retrieved at http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/MacStatins-are-not-the-answer-to-unhealthy-food.
Emily A. Ferenczi MRCP, Perviz Asaria MPH, Alun D. Hughes PhD, Nishi Chaturvedi MD and Darrel P. Francis FRCP., Can a Statin Neutralize the Cardiovascular Risk of Unhealthy Dietary Choices?The American Journal of Cardiology,(106), (4), 15 August 2010, pg 587-592.