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Cholesterol drug and keeping fit key to a long life

CHOLESTEROL-LOWERING drugs and exercise are a winning combination for staving off death, research has shown.

Both on their own reduce the chances of people with high cholesterol dying prematurely, the study found. But together they had a significantly greater effect.

US scientists studied more than 10,000 veteran service men and women diagnosed with the high cholesterol condition dyslipidaemia. All had their fitness graded.

Participants, who had an average age of 60, were then divided into those who were taking statin drugs and those who were not.

Over a period of 10 years, death rates were lowest for those who were both taking statins and physically fit.

Irish Independent