Statin Users Consuming Too Many Calories
the MPR take:
Have statin users been eating healthier over time? No, says new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Caloric intake from statin users and nonusers aged ≥20 years was measured using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 –2010. Statin users ate less calories from 1999–2000 compared to nonusers ( (2,000 vs. 2,179kcal/d; P=007) but the difference shrank over time. By the 2009–2010 time period, statin users were actually consuming 9.6% more calories compared to ten years prior. Caloric and fat intake did not change significantly for nonusers. Statin users ate less fat in the 1999–2000 period (71.7 vs. 81.2g/d; P=.003) but fat intake for this group increased by 14.4% over the time of the study. BMI also increased more for statin users (+1.3 vs. +0.4, P=.02).
Importance: Both dietary modification and use of statins can lower blood cholesterol. The increase in caloric intake among the general population is reported to have plateaued in the last decade, but no study has examined the relationship between the time trends of caloric intake and statin use. ...
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