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

Monday, 2 June 2014

One third of all statin users report side effects

This study was published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology 2012 May-Jun;6(3):208-15
Study title and authors:
Understanding Statin Use in America and Gaps in Patient Education (USAGE): an internet-based survey of 10,138 current and former statin users.
Cohen JD, Brinton EA, Ito MK, Jacobson TA.
St. Louis University School of Medicine, 8138 Westmoreland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA.
This study can be accessed at:

This study assessed the effects of statins on current and former users. The study included 10,138 participants, average age 61 years.

The study found:
(a) 28% of current statin users reported side effects.
(b) 33% of all statin users reported side effects.
(c) 65% of former statin users reported side effects.
(d) 62% of former statin users stopped taking statins because of the side effects.