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

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Statins increase the risk of death by 4.3%

This study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association 1998 May 27;279(20):1615-22

Study title and authors:
Primary prevention of acute coronary events with lovastatin in men and women with average cholesterol levels: results of AFCAPS/TexCAPS. Air Force/Texas Coronary Atherosclerosis Prevention Study.
Downs JR, Clearfield M, Weis S, Whitney E, Shapiro DR, Beere PA, Langendorfer A, Stein EA, Kruyer W, Gotto AM Jr.
Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tex, USA.

This study can be accessed at:

This study investigated the effect of statin treatment on men and women without cardiovascular disease, with average total cholesterol and average low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) levels and below-average high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) levels. The study included 5,608 men and 997 women who were given either lovastatin (20-40 mg daily) or placebo and followed for an average of 5.2 years.

The study found that those given the statins had a 4.3% increased risk of death compared to those given the placebo.