The new guidelines developed jointly by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, at the behest of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a federal agency. They are based on the most up-to-date research on prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
I find this fascinating.
First, in all the articles that are being written, there's no mention of CHANGING YOUR DIET/LIFESTYLE.
Second, we already know that a change in lifestyle will reduce heart disease by 80% and type 2 diabetes by 90%.
Third, Here's the Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating Your 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack. Based on the calculation here, a determination is made if you should be on a statin. Interestingly, I did the calculation based on my numbers - no need for a statin. However, I changed one number: my age. I upped it from 58 to 65. Guess what? Based on recommendations, I would be put on a statin. Well, I'm not 65 yet, but I'll take a pass when I hit that age.
My prescription: Forget the pill and change your lifestyle ... please.
Additional good reading: Lies, Damn Lies, and Medical Science