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How much longer will you live if you take a statin for 5 years? 13 days.
Monday, July 29, 2019 8:08 am Email this article
How much longer will you live if you take a statin for 5 years?
13 days according to a 2019 analysis by researchers from Denmark.
That’s it, 13 days.
To put this in perspective, the authors of the paper noted that “A different study evaluated the effects of regular exercise and a calorie restricted diet in healthy males, [demonstrated] a postponement of death by 6.2 months [189 days],” and “smoking cessation in a high-risk population postponed death by around 31 months [930 days].”
So if you stop smoking, you will live, on average, an extra 930 days. If you exercise and reduce your calories, you will live, on average, an extra 189 days. And if you take a statin, you will live, on average, an extra 13 days.
Primary Prevention: Statins postpone death by 10 days
People who are healthy, have not had a heart attack and do not have cardiovascular disease who take a statin, which is referred to as Primary Prevention, will live an extra 10 days.
Secondary Prevention: Statins postpone death by 17 days
People who had a heart attack or have established cardiovascular disease who take a statin, which is referred to as Secondary Prevention, will live an extra 17 days.
Smoking cessation postpones death by 930 days
Quotes from the paper
“Metaanalysis of 16 trials provided a summary estimate of outcome postponement for all-cause mortality of 12.6 days,” the authors of the paper note.
“For primary, secondary, and mixed prevention trials, respectively, outcome postponements were 10.2 days, 17.4 days, and 8.5 days.”
“After standardization to a trial duration of 5 years, the estimated summary outcome postponement for all trials was 12.8 days.”
Conclusion: Would I ever take a statin? No!
Would I ever take a statin?
No! Absolutely not.
Hansen MR, Hrobjartsson A, Pottegard A, Damkier P, Larsen KS, Madsen KG, dePont Christensen R, Kristensen MEL, Christensen PM, and Hallas J. Postponement of Death by Statin Use: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. J Gen Intern Med, 2019 May 9; Epub ahead of print.
Author’s Contact Info
Morten Rix Hansen, MD, PhD
Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacy
University of Southern Denmark
J.B. Winsløwsvej 19
2 5000, Odense, Denmark
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