I heard on the radio that the U.S. food and drug administration has approved the cholesterol lowering drug "Crestor" for use in people without cholesterol problems.
Apparently there are already 40 million people taking cholesterol lowering drugs, including Lipitor, out of the apparently 80 million people in the U.S. who might have high cholesterol.
This new directive was based on a test of people who have a high degree of inflammation in their body. Apparently of those people, taking Crestor will reduce your chance of a heart attack by something like 50%.
On the surface, this looks like good odds, until you read that only 2 out of 1,000 will have a heart attack anyhow. So maybe this reduces it to 1 1/2 out of 1,000. However the health risks associated with taking the drug far outweigh the possible benefit. Liver problems, muscle aches, etc.
What I have an issue with is that because of the accelerated approval, the drug companies are now going to mount a huge advertising campaign that will tell people who don't have problems, to take their drug. This is the first time I have heard of a prescription drug that can be given to people without the problem the drug was designed to help with.
This whole cholestrerol thing is blown way out of proportion anyhow. If people would just exercise a little more, and learn how to control their eating habits, they wouldn't need to be on drugs in the first place.