Statin Benefits Overstated?

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Going on a statin to reduce cholesterol has long felt like an inevitability to me, since I have a family history of high cholesterol.  But what’s odd is that cardiovascular disease is not what ultimately ‘gets’ my relatives.  So that got me to wondering why lowering my LDL and overall cholesterol is so important.

Serendipitously, my friend Tina posted a comment with a link to an enlightening 2008 article in Business Week: Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good? In this excerpt the author, John Carey, states that statins DO help people who have cardiovascular issues, but for those who simply have high cholesterol but no current cardiovascular disease,