What are your thoughts on low dose statins for a 83 year old woman with a history of ministrokes and is pre diabetic.
She is reluctant to change diet with sweets and fruits, moderates but does not largely eliminated grains. She eats pastured dairy but no PUFA oils.
High LDL, low hdl. Doesn't eat enough meats.
What are your thoughts on statins for her? She won't change diet.
No, absolutely not. Stains have not been shown to have any, i mean ANY benefit to women, at all ever. The only effect, beyond making a Dr happy with the lower total cholesterol, is in men, oven 40, who have had at least one heat attack. It lowed the chance of the second heart attack. Don't quote me, but it was something like from 6 in 100 to 5 in 100.
Low cholesterol is actually correlated with greater risk of stroke. Also high cholesterol is correlated with longevity in woman.
My thoughts are "hell, she made it to 83, she has beaten average". Ok, on a more serious note, statins haven't shown to improve health or lower risk of heart disease. At 83, no one is going to change her ways, but if she has lived this long without statins, I wouldn't recommend them. Many doctors are using prescriptions, like statins, for residual income, because you have to go in once a month to renew.
Perhaps this article will give you some food for thought: http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/alzheimers_statins.html
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