Does taking statins benefit a 73 years of age male

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I am a 73 year old male and have been taking statins for more than 20 years. This has been preventative not due to a medical condition

should I keep taking statins?

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    It would be a good idea to discuss the issue with your doctor.

    Anyway, as for as I know, there is no even one research where it would be tested how useful it is to take statins after 70.

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    • Posted

      thank you Roverr

      I discussed this with my GP last Monday and this is what is making me research the issue. His view is that statins are not benefitting me but has left me to make the decision!

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    I am very glad to hear that my thoughts coincide with the opinion of a professional. 😃

    It seems to me that now I have the right to express myself more definitely.

    Have a look at following article for example:

    https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/795139/statins-heart-professor-no-heart-deaths-risk-effect

    From the article:

    "He told a conference in Brazil this month that the drugs should only be considered for patients who have had a heart attack and never for a child, woman or patient over 62 years old, as there was no evidence it could benefit them."

    And one more article from rather respectable source (WebMD):

    https://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/news/20170522/study-casts-doubt-on-need-for-statins-in-the-healthy-old#1

    From the article:

    "MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Senior citizens with no history of heart problems appear to gain no health benefit from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, a new study suggests."

    Of course I don't know your personal situation, health status, results of analyzes etc., and I am not a doctor at last, but if I were you, I would trust you GP.

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    It horrifies me that you have been on them for 20 years just as a preventative measure! I was on Atoravastatin and it does say in the packet that they are not suitable for people over 70. I was only on them for two weeks and the damage they did in that short time was frightening.

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    Hi davidft - you haven't mentioned any side effects or deterioration over that long period of statins. If you do decide to ditch them, do it gently and keep an eye out for any issues.

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    Similar to you (I am in my 70's) the prescription for statins only occurred after my third TIA,.

    Having taken them for over 8 years, i have my doubts in continuing their use

    However, my GP, who is also a personal friend keeps telling me that i should continue

    I find it hard when I am waking up at night with horrific cramps in my legs

    I have a further appointment this month and i am telling him that i am leaving them off for a period to see if there is any benefit

    i will let you know

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