APPLE A DAY IS FOR REAL: STUDY

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AS GOOD AS STATINS

HEALTH (AGAIN)

Science has lots of busy corners. Technology, even more. I can’t use up all my blog time on health related stuff. It wouldn’t be fair to physics, chemistry, biology, and North Korean tablets. But I  would be a b-a-d science blogger if I didn’t tell you about apples.

Seriously.

You know about statins? They’re drugs that  lower cholesterol. Doctor’s love them. Pitivistatin, lovostatin, atorvastatin, , zocor are statins. Others too. Long list.

Statins are amazing. They don’t just  lower cholesterol, it seems they do other good stuff. They help with cataracts and dementia, and gum inflammation. They also reduce the incidence of  heart attacks and strokes, and one study even says that statins might slow aging by protecting your telomeres. Supposedly they can cause some problems with muscles but, for most people, that shouldn’t be a problem.

I’ve seriously toyed with  trying to talk my way on to statins, myself.

Well here’s the thing.

Dr Adam Briggs (BHF Health Promotion Research Group at Oxford University)  looked at the effect of eating a single apple each day (that’s right – “an apple a day”) vs statins. The results, cardiovascular wise, were about the same for apples as statin drugs. Dr. Briggs’ conclusion was that you could do as good a job for yourself eating apples as taking statins (probably because apples contain pectin which has similar effects on cholesterol to statins).

If you can lower your cholesterol and lower your heart risk without taking drugs, who am I to say you shouldn’t?

This report didn’t get into whether apples did all  the good stuff that statins do.

Still.

Apples? Hot dang!

A final point:  Statins, like anything, have pluses and minuses. Don’t rush off and stuff yourself full of statins on my account. First go over the particulars with your doctor. Better yet? Try fruit.

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A reader left a comment (see comments) suggesting that this study from the BMJ is less than serious. Perhaps so. But you’ve gone out and bought all those apples, right? You might as well eat them.

What could it hurt?

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I drew that apple!

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3 Responses to “APPLE A DAY IS FOR REAL: STUDY”

  1. Daniel Pincus

    Nice apple. And how about the new thoughts for raising blood pressure standards for those who are aging? Are atatins or apples as necessary as we age?

  2. A reader (Joan Hoffman) pointed out that the British Journal likes to run light – hearted spoofs in the Christmas edition and, she said, she suspects this article is one. She supplied the following link. http://blogs.einstein.yu.edu/dont-call-that-apple-medicine-just-yet-dangers-of-misleading-medical-journalism/ .

    I will modify the original post so that all are aware of the possibility that this is a prank.

  3. Daniel Pincus points out that guidelines for blood pressure were just liberalized. What about cholesterol? Will adjustments be made there too? Should we wait for more clarity before we become pectin heads?

    MISTER ScienceAintSoBad acknowledges that easing up on blood pressure for seniors may have opened the floodgates for cynicism everywhere. I guess a possibly fake BMJ article doesn’t help either. We at scienceaintsobad.com don’t have all the answers. The ones we have? We will gladly share.


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