The raison d'etre of this website is to provide you with hard scientific information which may help you make informed decisions in your quest for health (so far I have blogged concise summaries of over 1,500 scientific studies and have had three books published).

My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Statins increase the risk of gallstone disease

This study was published in Expert Opinion on Drug Safety 2012 May;11(3):369-74

Study title and authors:
Statin use and the risk of gallstone disease: a population-based case-control study.
Chiu HF, Chen CC, Kuo HW, Lee IM, Wu TN, Yang CY.
Kaohsiung Medical University, Institute of Pharmacology, College of Medicine , Kaohsiung , Taiwan.

This study can be accessed at:

The aim of this study was to investigate the association between the use of statins and the risk of gallstone disease. The study included 1014 gallstone disease cases and 1014 controls aged 50 years or older.

The study found that those who were prescribed statins had a 14% increased risk of developing gallstone disease compared to those who did not take statins.