Using ‘Statin’ Can Reduce Risk of Death for Seniors over 75

Research shows that using Statins may reduce the risk of death for those over 75 years old. Before this study however, it was unclear how beneficial the drug was to those over 75. The cholesterol-lowering drug known as a ‘statin’, is used to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other life-threatening events associated with heart disease (discuss your personal profile with your doctor first).

Researchers analyzed the data of over 200,000 veterans between the ages of 75 and 105. The results? A 25% reduction in all-cause mortality and a 20% reduction in heart disease-related death for new users of statins, compared with nonusers.  It should be noted that this study didn’t analyze the safety of the drug, and focused on veterans who were 97% male and 91% white. 

This research may provide hope to those looking to fight off the risk of heart disease, but sadly isn’t the miracle immortality drug we all wish for. If you have type 2 diabetes, or muscle, kidney or liver damage, there could be serious side effects.  Surprisingly, grapefruit can cause an increase to the side effects. Not everyone who takes statin has side effects.  According to the Mayo Clinic, you’re more likely to experience side effects if you are female, take multiple medications to lower your cholesterol, have a smaller body frame, have liver or kidney disease, or consume too much alcohol.

There are many success stories however and you can read about it in the study attached here: