Today's rant is against Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, a GP who has studied heart disease and statins for many years. As Sid likes to state in almost every post, he takes his advice from the British Heart Foundation, this is the outfit who push margarine big time, because they take lots of money from Unilever (Flora Margarine). So, If Malcolm's knowledge and expertise falls short of Sid Bonkers exacting criteria, what about Dr. Aseem Malhotra a UK cardiologist.
"Dr Malhotra makes the case that while saturated fats have been removed from many products, they have been replaced with sugar to improve the taste. In his opinion, it is the consumption of sugars, rather than fats, that is chiefly responsible for the obesity "epidemic", as well as the increase in related diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
"Recent studies have found no significant association between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular risk, writes Dr Malhotra. Instead, saturated fat has been found to be protective of the heart.
He points out that dairy foods provide important dietary sources of nutrients that have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, such as vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus." Link to information here.
He said the blanket prescription of statins to those at low risk of heart disease should be replaced by ‘patient-centred information’ which would allow people to make more informed decisions.
At present scaremongering is too common, with exaggeration of the benefits of statins or risks of coming off them despite disabling side effects. The editorial says randomised control trials may seriously underestimate side effects such as muscle pain.
At least 17 per cent of patients had an adverse effect in a large uncontrolled observational study.
Even Pfizer’s own patient leaflet on Lipitor ( Atorvastatin) cites ‘common side effects that may occur in up to 1 in 10 patients include ‘sore throat, nausea, digestive problems, muscle and joint pain, and increase in blood sugar levels’, says the editorial." Link to information here.