The article below is commenting on the new “polypill” that is being touted around medical circles as being the answer to reduce cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Obviously not commenting on the Cancer element then for cardiovascular disease there is no substitute for a Healthy Lifestyle. What we are concerned with is that people will not look after them selves more readily if they think they are taking the “miracle” pill, in other words the pill will somehow cleanse them!
Anyway enjoy the read below and understand it for what it is and build your own opinion around it.
Researchers say the combined red heart ‘polypill’ could reduce deaths from bowel cancer, kidney failure and cardiovascular disease. The four-in-one drug combines low-dose aspirin, a statin called simvastatin to reduce cholesterol and two blood pressure-lowering medicines, lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazde.
Separate pills are already prescribed to millions around the world to lower their chances of heart attacks and strokes. But many doctors believe a combined pill could save more lives, save the NHS money and be more convenient for patients. Some even argue that a heart-boosting polypill should be taken by everyone over 55 to cut the risk of disease.
The pill will cost £4 a month per patient, but it is unlikely to be available in Britain for several years. Scientists say larger trials are needed to test whether the drugs are best provided in the form of a polypill, or as separate medicines. The latest study, published yesterday in the journal Public Library of Science One, tested the pill on 378 people who did not already need any of its components, but who had more than a 7.5 per cent estimated risk of cardiovascular disease. Twelve weeks after the start of the study, experts analysed the effect of the drug on blood pressure and cholesterol and how well it was tolerated.
Professor Rodgers, of The George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, said: ‘The results show a halving in heart disease and stroke can be expected for people taking this polypill long-term. ‘We know from other trials that long-term there would also be a 25-50 per cent lower death rate from colon cancer, plus reductions in other major cancers,
heart failure and renal failure. ‘These benefits would take several years to “kick in”, but of course one of the hopes with a polypill is it helps people take medicines long-term.’
Around one in six people experienced side effects including stomach irritation and coughs. One in 20 stopped the treatment because of the side effects.
We will just have to wait and see on this one.
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