An apple a day could beat statins for over-50s

‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ dates back to Victorian times but a new UK analysis shows that the advice may be as effective in reducing vascular mortality as a statin a day, but much safer.

Researchers from the University of Oxford compared the effects on vascular mortality of a statin a day for all adults over 50 not already taking one, and an apple a day for all adults over 50, assuming 70% compliance with both regimens.

They found that a statin a day would reduce deaths from vascular disease by 12% per 1.0 mmol/L reduction in low