A study reported in April 2018 has made the news because it suggests that taking a statin drug might increase your risk of getting a motor neuron disease. Statin drugs are used to reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood, to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Motor neuron diseases include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, because that famous baseball player had it. Physicist Stephen Hawking also had a form of ALS. Motor neuron diseases are a big deal, but so are heart attacks and strokes. So should you worry about this study? I don’t worry about it, for the following reasons:
- If you eat a healthy diet, you almost certainly won’t need pills to lower your cholesterol. So you could avoid even the theoretical risks of the side effects of the pills.
- Even if the statins do increase your risk of coming down with a motor neuron disease, the motor neuron diseases were rare to start with and are still rare, even though so many people are taking statins.
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