NICE or The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in February published a guidance recommending increased use of statins to lower cholesterol and save more lives. According to these guidelines, an individual with 10% risk of suffering heart attack or stroke within the next 10 years should be prescribed statins. But many leading doctors are urging NICE to rethink their decision as this could mean medicalisation of healthy individuals.
Nine leading doctors and academics signed a letter that criticizes NICE’s decision and accuses them of turning a blind eye to the side effects of statins which include fatigue and muscle pain. In addition it also increases the risk of diabetes in middle aged women by 48%. In their letter, the doctor...
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