Official policy on statins is unravelling fast. Old reasons for taking them, such as lowering cholesterol, are being abandoned yet advice to patients is staying the same. Aidan Goggins unravels a plot with more twists than Homeland. Turns out fish oil is what really works.
Meanwhile the evidence base for a healthy diet remains equally shaky. Why do dieticians continue to bang the low fat drum when there’s growing evidence that high carb diets are very unhealthy? Lawyer and low carb expert Hannah Sutter has been investigating the government’s supposedly expert committee on carbohydrates and finds it is appallingly ill informed.
With winter well and truly here none of us will be getting any vitamin D from the sun for four to five months. Unfortunately, writes Dr Oliver Gillie, we also won’t be getting clear evidence-based advice from the government on safe sun exposure either.