A healthy diet is just as effective as statins in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, scientists found.
The daily pills - which cost less than 6p a day - offer the same amount of protection as a diet low in salt, fat and sugar, a study claims.
Both lower the levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in the blood which helps to prevent strokes, heart attacks and heart disease. But despite the findings, statins should still be issued as the number one therapy, experts say.
Researchers from Harvard University reviewed 49 previous trials which had more than 312,000 participants combined. They noted 39,645 major vascular events had occurred and nine different interventions were used to lower LDL-C.
These therapies were then split into four groups, depending on how they worked to reduce LDL-C levels.
Source - Daily Mail