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Update on Statins


Debate on Statins continues to heat up


A new anti cholesterol cereal to hit the market.

A few weeks ago Laterlife published an update on the debate on the benefits and safety of statins.

Statins are a medicine that can help block the action of a chemical in the liver that is involved in making cholesterol. At the moment millions of people across the UK take statins to help lower their risk of heart disease.

Statins are also said to have additional benefits but there has been continuing debate on their real benefits against possible side effects.

Two articles published last autumn by the very respected British Medical Journal included data to show cholesterol reducing drugs can have very harmful side-effects including muscle pain, tiredness and diabetes and this of course caused concern among medical staff and the general public.

Much of the information in the articles came from a UK cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and Harvard’s Medical School’s Dr John Abramson. Disturbingly, both have now withdrawn certain statements after they say some of the figures they mentioned have been found to be incorrect and after much criticism that the information was misleading.

The British Medical Journal has now set up a full panel of experts to see if the entire two articles should be completed retracted. This position is supported by researchers at Imperial College, London, who say that after looking at 29 trials involving more than 80,000 patients, they found that statins really didn’t produce any significant side effects.

This is an important issue for everyone of our age, and Laterlife will keep on top of all developments as they unfold. With so much debate and research now underway, some conclusive and totally reliable information should soon be available.


In the meantime a Swedish cereal maker will soon be launching what could be a really exciting product - a breakfast oat cereal that has been shown to significantly cut high cholesterol and blood sugar. The cereal is called Betavivo and the manufacturers, Trimb Healthcare, claim that a daily bowl of the cereal eaten for two months or longer is the same as taking 20gm of statins a day. A bowl of the cereal contains around 3g of beta-glucan, a soluble fibre derived from oats that dissolves in the stomach to form a gel that binds bile acids. When liver produces new bile acid it draws cholesterol from the blood and can help to remove cholesterol from the body.

Laterlife will let you know when and where Betavivo is available in this country - probably from early autumn on.

The good news that there is so much research going on about statins and cholesterol that hopefully soon the experts will finally all agree on the real facts and benefits and the best way forward for us all.


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