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.
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