Side effects include muscle pain, weakness, feeling tired, and slightly reduced IQ. Also, for every one hundred people taking statins for a few years one extra person will develop diabetes type 2.
Apparently newer and more rigorously controlled studies (after 2006) on statins show overall no significant benefit at all.
Considering all this statins should probably only be prescribed to people at very high risk of heart disease (usually only people with pre-existing disease). Certainly not to a large part of the healthy population.
This article seen in Diet Doctor and on Huffington Post
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