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Researchers Suggest A Side Of Statins With Your Burger For Heart Health

August 13, 2010: 11:41 AM EST
British researchers have suggested that serving cholesterol-reducing statins with a Big Mac would reduce the risk of heart disease from eating so much fat. McDonald’s doesn’t like the idea, however, and there’s no consensus among heart doctors. (Statins, by the way, are available over-the-counter in the U.K., but not in the U.S.) One expert says it wouldn’t work because it takes up to five days of statin intake to reach a therapeutic level. Cholesterol reduction may take weeks after that. Even the study’s authors acknowledge their suggestion isn’t really supported by hard evidence, but is extrapolated from meta-analysis data. But one sympathetic heart specialist found it “very paradoxical” that people are comfortable with trans fats and fast foods in the American diet, but have no simple way to counteract them.
Katherine Hobson, "One Burger, Hold the Pickles, and Statins on the Side", The Wall Street Journal, August 13, 2010, © Dow Jones Newswire
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