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Should Free Statin Drugs Come With Your Big Mac?

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Somehow this flew under our collective radar here at MVHQ back in August, when the news was released:

"In a paper published in the Sunday 15 August issue of the American Journal of Cardiology, Dr Darrel Francis and colleagues calculate that the reduction in cardiovascular risk offered by a statin is enough to offset the increase in heart attack risk from eating a cheeseburger and a milkshake.

"Dr Francis, from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, who is the senior author of the study, said: 'Statins don't cut out all of the unhealthy effects of burgers and fries. It's better to avoid fatty food altogether. But we've worked out that in terms of your likelihood of having a heart attack, taking a statin can reduce your risk to more or less the same degree as a fast food meal increases it.'"

Francis made the case that human beings are "genetically programmed to prefer high-calorie foods, and sadly fast food chains will continue to sell unhealthy foods because it earns them a living."

He continued:

"It makes sense to make risk-reducing supplements available just as easily as the unhealthy condiments that are provided free of charge. It would cost less than 5p per customer - not much different to a sachet of ketchup... Taking a statin is a rational way of lowering some of the risks of eating a fatty meal."

How has the fast food industry responded in the months since?

I called Sam Wong of the Imperial College to find out.

"I don’t think there’s been any impact in terms of the food industry. They were not massively keen on the idea that their food requires medication to be given out with it," he said.

Besides, just imagine how pissed off the cardiologists' union would be. Baby needs shoes, man!
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