Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Expert Says Children Should be Aggressively Treated with Statins

MSNBC reported (via Reuters) U.S. children showing hardening of arteries which included a grim report from a presentation at the annual American Heart Association meeting - "Children with risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol and diabetes, are showing signs of narrowing and hardening of the arteries, conditions normally associated with adults...[a]n increasing number of children suffer from these and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including obesity, but testing for future heart conditions is not standard practice."

At the center of the article is this easily glossed over tidbit - "Testing should include regular blood lipid and glucose level testing, said the report’s lead author, Sanaz Piran, a resident at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Earlier treatment could include more aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, she said."

Have we lost our minds?

Let's just medicate the problem away instead of getting at the real cause - a poor diet.



  1. I think it's appalling that they are recomending statins for kids....shall we also put them on diet pills???

    Unfortunately, the diet the parents are told to feed the children is not going to help at all!!!

    My biggest concern about kids on statins??? In addition the the side effects, the long term effects....what about pregnancy??? It's one thing to tell a 30 or 40 yr old woman to make sure she doesn't get pregnant....but a teenager???

  2. It would be bad enough if medication of any kind could actuly help. When you consider the implications of administering any medication over a lifetime, beginning at 45 or 50 is a whole different ballgame compared to 5, 10 or 15. The scary part is how uncritically this madness is accepted, not just by the herd following press but this paper was accepted for presentation at the AHA convention. I am an athiest but all I can say is: God help us!