Anti-statin 'internet cult' comes under fire

People who stop taking their statins because of a presumed adverse reaction are putting themselves at unnecessary and significant risk, say endocrinologists.

Their retrospective study of 28,000 patients who reported side effects shows that about one-third discontinued their treatment within a year.

The incidence of myocardial infarction, stroke, or death from any cause was 13.9% among those who discontinued statins versus 12.2% among those who kept going.