MEDICINES that lower cholesterol may be doing more harm than good to otherwise healthy people.
A review by one of the country's leading vascular surgeons has found a lack of evidence to show that statins should be given as a means of prevention to healthy people who have high cholesterol but no heart disease.
Statins are taken by more than 250,000 Irish people to help lower "bad cholesterol", a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Sherif Sultan, of University College Hospital in Galway, warned that statin use can increase the risk of diabetes, cataracts and male impotence.
"They can also significantly increase the risk of cancer and neurodegenerative disorders," he said.