Statins and Weight Gain



Individuals prescribed statin therapy for high cholesterol levels have increased their caloric intake by nearly 10% and their intake of fat by 14% over a recent 10-year period, while no changes in eating habits have been observed among statin nonusers.


Individuals prescribed a statin had a larger increase in body-mass index (BMI) than those who weren’t taking the lipid-lowering medication.

Statin users were consuming an extra 192 kcal per day in 2009–2010 than they were in 1999–2000, and this could have contributed to the increase in BMI,  

The observed increase in caloric intake and more rapid increase in BMI among statin users are of concern, 

“People who receive statin therapy also should take steps to reduce fat intake, but we did not observe a pattern of combining statin use with dietary control.”

Dr, Rita Redberg said that it seems people think wrongly,  “Statins can compensate for poor dietary choices and a sedentary life.

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 Different time trends of caloric and fat intake between statin users and nonusers among US adults: gluttony in the time of statins?

Journal of the American Medical Association

July 17, 2014

Dr. Parker’s Commentary

This study highlights one of the major issues is the use of drugs to allegedly maintain health; they often used as an alternative to needed lifestyle changes.

The subtitle on the original article is “Gluttony in the Time of Statins.”

Why am I reminded of the fall of Rome?


“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”

-Ariel Durant-  


Dr. Parker is a 68 year old heart attack survivor and cardiac psychologist.He is an Honors graduate of Stanford University with forty years of clinical experience. Dr. Parker is available for consultation on heart matters. Contact him at heartcurrents(at)