Statin Users May Treat Pill as Free Pass to Unhealthy Eating

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_789979e66a.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- People who take statins to reduce their cholesterol levels may be lulling themselves into a false sense of security in terms of what they can safely eat. According to a study published on the Journal of American Medicine Internal Medicine website, statin users in 2009-2010 took in nearly 10 percent more calories per day than statin users 10 years earlier. The study was led by researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles.

They found that statin users ingested nearly 200 fewer calories per day than non-users in 2000 (2,000 calories for statin users, 2,179 for non-users). Non-statin users saw very little change in the data from 2000 and 2010, while those taking statins saw significant increases in caloric intake. Researchers found that statin users saw a similarly increased rate of increase in body-mass index. Researchers fear that those people on statins may feel that the pill allows them to eat however they choose.

Further research is necessary to determine what specific differences exist in the dietary composition of statin users as compared to non-users.

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