Sprague Word

The future and more from Richard Sprague

Posted by sprague on January 8, 2005

Why take statins? asks a reader. Here’s my answer:

I’m persuaded by the evidence of the 4S study that shows in a double-blind placebo test of over 4,000 adults, simvastatin (i.e. Zocor) helps in the area that counts most: heart disease. This study proves a long-term ability of Zocor to keep you alive, period. Is it because statins lower cholesterol? We think so, but even if there’s some other reason (like something to do with c-reactive protein), I know for sure that simvastatin helps me.

Side effects are of course a potential problem, but I haven’t noticed any in myself, and there are side effects to everything you do. You have to balance the risks and the rewards.

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