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The mass prescription of statins is a 'public health disaster', according to a leading cardiologist.
Dr Aseem Malhotra said millions of Britons had been forced to unnecessarily suffer a host of side effects at the hands of the pills.
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Statins, which are proven to save lives, are the most widely prescribed drugs in the UK with around six million patients taking them.
They're given to people believed to have a 10 per cent or higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease or having a heart attack or stroke within the next decade.
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The NHS says around one in every 50 people who take the medication for five years will avoid a serious cardiac event.
But the pills are known to trigger a slew of nasty, debilitating side effects including headaches, muscle pain and nausea.
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They also increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, hepatitis, pancreatitis and vision problems and memory loss.
Dr Malhotra told MailOnline: 'Flawed thinking on cholesterol, scientific incompetence, commercial conflicts of interest and the unethical practice of medicine has resulted in millions of people being over-medicated on statin drugs causing a public health disaster.'
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He added: '[There is] no improvement in life expectancy or reduction in cardiovascular death for millions taking the drug.
'Whilst 30 to 50 per cent get a range of debilitating side effects and one in 100 get type 2 diabetes.
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'Plus, for many they’ll gain weight from illusion of protection of the drug because they think they can eat what they like.
'Even those with cardiovascular disease, taking the drugs regularly over five years only extends their life expectancy by four days.
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'From my experience, up to half of my patients who take the drugs get debilitating side effects.'
The NHS says one in 10 people suffer mild side effects, while one in 100 experience more severe symptoms.
Previous studies have suggested that stopping...
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