This thread will be for information on statin drugs. Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. The problem with this is that they really don't preventeheart disease, and lowering your cholesterol may be unnecessary and unhealthy, especially if you are female. People with familial hypercholesterolemia have a need to take these drugs as they have a genetic defect that prevents them from removing LDL from the body. 1 in 500 people have familial hypercholesterolemia yet 1 in 15 people take statin drugs. It is thought that within the next couple of decades, 1 in 2 people will be on these drugs. The purpose of this thread will be to disseminate the whole story with regard to statins so that people can make an informed decision on whether or not to take them. If you don't have familial hypercholesterolemia, fix your diet, taking these drugs is not a license to eat like an asshole as they have side effects and eating like an asshole will eventually lead to bigger problems down the road.