Winter 2015

Statin Status

Diet may affect how well these drugs do their job

People with high cholesterol are usually told to change their diet and sometimes given a prescription for a statin. But does what you eat affect how well that statin does its job?

Researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts conducted an extensive review of studies on the interaction of statins with dietary components such as fat, alcohol, vitamin D, niacin and fiber. “In some cases it is likely there is more synergism than recognized,” they write in Molecular Aspects of Medicine. The area, they say, is ripe for research, as harnessing any good interactions could mean lower doses of statins.

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