Doctors say 33 million Americans should be taking this but aren't


by Alex Shuman

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 6:23 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- The American Heart Association released new guidelines saying doctors should prescribe you the cholesterol-lowering drug, Statin, if you fit into any of these four categories:

•    People without cardiovascular disease who are 40 to 75 years old and have a 7.5 percent or higher risk for heart attack or stroke within 10 years.
•    People with a history of heart attack, stroke, stable or unstable angina, peripheral artery disease, transient ischemic attack, or coronary or other arterial revascularization.
•    People 21 and older who have a very high level of bad cholesterol (190 mg/dL or higher).
•    People with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes who are 40 to 75 years old.

These suggestions are a huge change from their previous guideline, which based prescribing drugs mainly on your cholesterol numbers.

“You’ll have a segment of internal medicine that is going to want to put Statin in the water supply like fluoride,” said Dr. Louis Heuser, founder of the Heuser Clinic.

Dr. Heuser said he is upset by the decision.  He said Americans should focus more on nutrition and exercise rather than advise for more people to be on drugs.

“Americans love to have a pill rather than to take responsibility for their lifestyles,” he said.

These new guidelines came from a group of 20 experts working with the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.  The group also drops the importance of targeting low cholesterol numbers, which has been a recommended method of measurement for decades.

They advise nearly 33 million more Americans need to be on Statin, which means they consider one third of our population to need the medicine.

The American Heart Association still pushes for a good diet and exercise, but call obesity a disease and suggest Statin is a way to help people with that disease stay healthy.

“It’s a cop out,” Heuser said.  “That’s the not the answer for the long term health of our country… add another pill to the regiment.”