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

Saturday, 26 September 2015

13 year study of nearly one million individuals shows that statins significantly increase the risk of shingles in older people

This study was published in Clinical Infectious Disease 2013 Nov 13

Study title and authors:
Statins and the risk of herpes zoster: a population-based cohort study.
Antoniou T, Zheng H, Singh S, Juurlink DN, Mamdani MM, Gomes T.
Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.

This study can be accessed at:

This study examined the association between statin use and incidence of herpes zoster (shingles). The study included 494,651 individuals treated with a statin and an equal number of untreated individuals. The participants were aged 66 years of age or older and the study lasted for 13 years.

The study found:
(a) Those who used statins had a 13% increased risk of shingles compared to nonusers.
(b) Those who used statins had a 4% increased risk of knee arthroplasty compared to nonusers. (Knee arthroplasty involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint).

This 13 year study of nearly one million individuals shows that statins significantly increase the risk of shingles in older people.