To Your Health: Statins

To Your Health: Statins

Dr. Alan Safdi, a world-renowned internist and gastroenterologist with encyclopedic knowledge of mind-body wellness and preventative medicine, posts on Telluride Inside… and Out under the banner of “To Your Health.” His blogs feature the most current information in his field: health, wellness, and longevity.

This winter, Dr. Alan returns with his popular Live Longer Retreat wellness intensives, which repeat in the summer. Feel free to sign up now to participate in a retreat. Call 1-877-448-5416 for further information or go to Safdi’s Telluride Longevity Institute website.

This week, Dr. Alan is talking statins, cardiovascular disease and beyond. Please scroll down to listen to his podcast on the subject.

Statins are already among the most widely prescribed drugs, with an estimated 38.6 million adults in the United States (around 12% of the population) prescribed statins as of 2012.  Statins are so ubiquitous people  joke about putting them in the drinking water (absurd and dangerous). Nevertheless, the idea that everyone should get access to these drugs hints at a disagreement over the efficacy of statin therapy among patients with no previous history of heart disease.

Besides reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), statins have been linked to benefits for an array of other diseases and conditions such as cancer, dementia, and kidney disease,  But the jury is still out, pending further evidence, for non-cardiovascular conditions, according to an international group of authors of a recent review in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Dr. Alan Safdi is board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Gastroenterology and is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. A proven leader in the healthcare arena, he has been featured on the national program, “Medical Crossfire” and authored or co-authored numerous medical articles and abstracts. Safdi has been involved in grant-based and clinical research for 30+ years and is passionate about disease prevention and wellness, not just fixing what has gone wrong. He is an international lecturer on the subjects of wellness, nutrition and gastroenterology.

And back by popular demand, this summer, in partnership with the Peaks’ Spa, Dr. Safdi returns with his three, week-long wellness intensives titled Live Longer Retreat.

Again, using an evidence-based, scientific approach to health and longevity and featuring an experienced staff of medical professionals, personal trainers, Pilates and yoga instructors, dietitians, and chefs, the focus is on your unique wellness profile. Each Live Longer Retreat is one-of-kind in the U.S. Those intensives, limited to only 10 – 15 participants, will include personal consultations, hiking, spinning, yoga, Pilates, talks and demonstrations related to nutrition, cooking classes, and more.

Go here to read a review of the experience by one very satisfied participant.


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