Statins for senior woman with history of ministrokes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 12, 2012 at 12:22 AM

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.



on September 10, 2012
at 06:30 PM

Statins...no. Glycine or gelatin...yes.

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on September 10, 2012
at 02:17 PM

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.


on July 12, 2012
at 04:28 AM

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.



on September 10, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Perhaps this article will give you some food for thought: http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/alzheimers_statins.html

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