Cardiologists: give out statins with fast food to reduce risk of heart disease

Study draws criticism from doctors skeptical of quick-fix pill

British cardiologists have proposed that fast food outlets like McDonalds and Burger King give diners free drugs to compensate for the increased risk of heart disease caused by eating their products, drawing criticism from other doctors. According to a study from Imperial College London, customers would offset the unhealthy effects of eating a cheeseburger and milkshake if burger joints offered cholesterol-lowering statins. The study suggests that statins be placed by the salt, pepper and ketchup in order to encourage as many people as possible to pop one after a meal. The idea immediately was criticized by many doctors, who said the study could encourage ill-health by prompting even greater consumption of junk food and increasing the belief in “a pill for every ill.” While statins are generally safe they can also increase the risk of muscle weakness and also, in rare cases, of kidney failure, cataracts and liver problems.

The Guardian

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