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Statins 'don't encourage bad habits'

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A new study has dismissed the view that cholesterol-lowering drugs, or statins, often lead patients to eat badly and adopt unhealthy living practices.

Research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that people who are prescribed statins do not tend to allow themselves to eat an unhealthy diet.

The study also found that some patients have been placed on cholesterol-lowering drugs without first having made an effort to change their lifestyle and some would have preferred trying to make their own changes before resorting to medication.

Dr Devin Mann from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and lead author of the article, said the relationship between doctor and patient in these cases is very important and urged physicians not to make assumptions about patients with cardiovascular diseases or weight problems.

"Physicians aren't good at predicting patient behaviour, so they should seek to form a partnership of trust with patients based on mutual respect and optimal communication," Dr Mann said.ADNFCR-858-ID-18233159-ADNFCR

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