Caloric intake of statin users was found to have increased by 9.6% and fat intake by 14.4% in ten years from 2000 to 2010, while no change was observed among non-users. In 2000, statin users had significantly less caloric and fat intake compared with non-users. The difference kept shrinking as time passed and by 2006, there was no significant difference. It is suspected that taking a statin renders a false sense of security and allows the user to overindulge in unhealthy foods. The findings are especially concerning because under the new American Heart Association guidelines, more people will be candidates for statin therapy. Are patients on statins in your practice counseled about the dietary modifications which are obvious but often neglected?

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