Navigation Links
Free statins with fast food could neutralize heart risk, scientists say
Date:8/12/2010

Fast food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge so that customers can neutralise the heart disease dangers of fatty food, researchers at Imperial College London suggest in a new study published this week.

Statins reduce the amount of unhealthy "LDL" cholesterol in the blood. A wealth of trial data has proven them to be highly effective at lowering a person's heart attack risk.

In a paper published in the Sunday 15 August issue of the American Journal of Cardiology, Dr Darrel Francis and colleagues calculate that the reduction in cardiovascular risk offered by a statin is enough to offset the increase in heart attack risk from eating a cheeseburger and a milkshake.

Dr Francis, from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, who is the senior author of the study, said: "Statins don't cut out all of the unhealthy effects of burgers and fries. It's better to avoid fatty food altogether. But we've worked out that in terms of your likelihood of having a heart attack, taking a statin can reduce your risk to more or less the same degree as a fast food meal increases it."

One statin, simvastatin, is already available in low doses (10mg) over the counter at pharmacies without a prescription. Other statins are so far only prescribed by doctors, and limited by cost to patients at particular risk of heart attack or stroke. However, the cost of the tablets has fallen sharply in recent years (from ~40/month to ~1.50/month), such that the cost to the NHS of seeing a doctor is much greater than the cost of the tablet.

"It's ironic that people are free to take as many unhealthy condiments in fast food outlets as they like, but statins, which are beneficial to heart health, have to be prescribed," Dr Francis said.

Statins have among the best safety profiles of any medication. A very small proportion of regular statin users experience significant side effects, with problems in the li
'/>"/>

Contact: Sam Wong
sam.wong@imperial.ac.uk
44-020-759-42198
Imperial College London
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Statins may treat blood vessel disorder that can lead to fatal strokes
2. Statins may prevent miscarriages
3. Deathstalker scorpion venom could improve gene therapy for brain cancer
4. Innovation could bring super-accurate sensors, crime forensics
5. UofL public health research could impact environmental policy decisions
6. New catalyst of platinum nanoparticles could lead to conk-out free, stable fuel cells
7. New lab test could identify imatinib resistance
8. Kids could get more whole grains from after-school snacks, University of Minnesota study finds
9. Waterborne diseases could cost over $500 million annually in US
10. Steam process could remove CO2 to regenerate amine capture materials
11. Engineering could give reconstructive surgery a facelift
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/27/2014)... it only requires nerve cells to rearrange existing patterns ... generate new patterns, a study of monkeys has found. ... recordings of electrical activity of brain cell networks. The ... Health. , "We looked into the brain and may ... the box," said Aaron Batista, Ph.D., an assistant professor ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... LAKE CITY, Aug. 27, 2014 University of Utah ... his native Turkey, has won that nation,s highest science ... of Science. , Sekercioglu is among five researchers picked ... and Technical Research Council of Turkey. Three researchers won ... won the Special Award, which is equivalent to the ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The IEEE Engineering in Medicine ... Annual International Conference (EMBC,14), this year being held ... Chicago, Illinois , from Tuesday, August 26 ... students, and industry professionals in science, medicine, and engineering ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140827/140333 This year,s conference theme ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Scientists plug into a learning brain 2Scientists plug into a learning brain 3University of Utah biologist wins Turkey's top science prize 2Global Leaders In Science, Medicine, And Engineering Gather For The 36th Annual International Conference Of The IEEE Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society, August 26-30 In Chicago 2Global Leaders In Science, Medicine, And Engineering Gather For The 36th Annual International Conference Of The IEEE Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society, August 26-30 In Chicago 3
... deep in the Gulf of Mexico, led by Penn ... lead scientist, and James Brooks of TDI Brooks International, ... in Partnership award by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program ... The project is titled "Exploration and Research of ...
... people don,t put gobs of mustard on a hot dog. Mustard ... them lest they suffer a bad case of heartburn, and it ... interdisciplinary and international group of researchers based at Duke University has ... much as they do in terms of that spice. The variation ...
... the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains two closely related ... but have very different social lives. The California mouse ( ... the deer mouse ( Peromyscus maniculatus ) is sexually promiscuous. ... how these differences in sexual behavior impact the bacteria hosted ...
Cached Biology News:Science research led in Gulf of Mexico by Penn State biologist to be honored with US award 2The evolution of the mustards' spice 2Monogamy and the immune system 2Monogamy and the immune system 3Monogamy and the immune system 4Monogamy and the immune system 5
(Date:8/27/2014)... , Aug. 27, 2014 Reportlinker.com ... is available in its catalogue: ... http://www.reportlinker.com/p02316661/Global-Biodegradable-Packaging-Materials-Market-2014-2018.html ... materials that are readily decomposed by the ... conventional non-degradable packaging in terms of raw ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... mysteries is how plants survive impact by the ... rays, while using this energy for photosynthesis. The ... plant,s blades quickly dissipate the energy throughout the ... at DTU Physics have now managed to successfully ... bacteria contain light-absorbing proteins which play a role ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... Aug. 27, 2014 Reportlinker.com announces that ... its catalogue: Global Chelating Agents Market ... About Chelating Agent A chelating agent is ... with metal ions, thereby forming a metal-ion complex. ... have on chemical processes, formulations, and the environment ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... 2014  Lisa Kulik saw fireworks for the first ... thanks to a groundbreaking retinal implant co-invented by ... at the University of Southern California (USC) Eye Institute. ... Ariz. resident who has retinitis pigmentosa, a ... On June 2, she became the first person west ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Biodegradable Packaging Materials Market 2014-2018 2Global Biodegradable Packaging Materials Market 2014-2018 3Global Biodegradable Packaging Materials Market 2014-2018 4Global Biodegradable Packaging Materials Market 2014-2018 5Global Biodegradable Packaging Materials Market 2014-2018 6Global Biodegradable Packaging Materials Market 2014-2018 7DTU researchers film protein quake for the first time 2Global Chelating Agents Market 2014-2018 2Global Chelating Agents Market 2014-2018 3Global Chelating Agents Market 2014-2018 4USC Eye Institute ophthalmologists implant first FDA-approved Argus II retinal prosthesis in western United States 2USC Eye Institute ophthalmologists implant first FDA-approved Argus II retinal prosthesis in western United States 3USC Eye Institute ophthalmologists implant first FDA-approved Argus II retinal prosthesis in western United States 4USC Eye Institute ophthalmologists implant first FDA-approved Argus II retinal prosthesis in western United States 5
... Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBPO, "China Biologic" or the "Company"), one ... that it will host an earnings conference call covering its ... at 8:00 a.m. EST (New York), which is also 9:00 ... the call will be Mr. Colin Zhao, Chief Executive Officer ...
... Israel, Nov. 4, 2011 Rosetta Genomics, Ltd. (NASDAQ: ... of microRNA-based molecular diagnostics, announces that results from a ... Davidoff Center, Rabin Medical Center, Beilinson Hospital and Golda-Hasharon ... cancer patients microRNAs may serve to predict the risk ...
... WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 3, 2011 Interleukin Genetics, Inc. ... conference call and Webcast on Thursday, November 10 at 4:30 ... To access the live call, dial 877-324-1976 (domestic) or ... teleconference will be available on the Investors section of Interleukin ...
Cached Biology Technology:China Biologic to Host Earnings Conference Call on November 8, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. EST (NY) 2Study Published in World Journal of Gastroenterology Shows Potential for microRNAs to Predict Gastric Cancer Recurrence 2Study Published in World Journal of Gastroenterology Shows Potential for microRNAs to Predict Gastric Cancer Recurrence 3Study Published in World Journal of Gastroenterology Shows Potential for microRNAs to Predict Gastric Cancer Recurrence 4Study Published in World Journal of Gastroenterology Shows Potential for microRNAs to Predict Gastric Cancer Recurrence 5Study Published in World Journal of Gastroenterology Shows Potential for microRNAs to Predict Gastric Cancer Recurrence 6Interleukin Genetics, Inc. Announces Conference Call to Discuss Third Quarter 2011 Results 2
The Cellject Elecroporator is suitable for all cell types including embryo, mammalian, plant, yeast and bacterial. Its has highly user-freindly programing and can be used remotely, for example in a l...
Maxi XL Hybridization Oven for Extra Large bottles. 6 bottle (70 mm) rotisserie + shaker tray available for simultaneous use. Includes linear and orbital shaker trays, 4 extra large bottles, pack o...
Shake 'n' Stack Oven - New Model (includes 10 bottle capacity rotisserie, adjustable feet, drip tray, manual PLUS Shaker Platform)...
... - Neurosphere is a system designed for ... neurospheres in a serum free environment. The kit ... which has been optimized for neural stem cell ... Genes & Development 10 :3129). Two growth ...
Biology Products: