New cholesterol guidelines in the US overestimate risks

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New guidelines in the United States have, it seems, greatly overestimated the risks from high cholesteral. This overestimation could have dangerous consequences, such that millions of people may be mistakely advised to start taking statins for undefined health “benefits.”

To learn more about this debate, see these pieces in the New York Times:

Risk Calculator for Cholesterol Appears Flawed

Don’t Give More Patients Statins

To read about women and statins, see Evidence for Caution: What women need to know about statins, producd by CWHN’s partner Women and Health Protection.