Dietary indiscretion and statin use

Mayo Clin Proc. 2007 Aug;82(8):951-7. doi: 10.4065/82.8.951.


To determine whether statin use leads to dietary indiscretion, this longitudinal cohort study examined the impact of statin initiation on saturated fat intake. We interviewed 71 patients who had received a new prescription for statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease, first at the time of prescription and then again 3 and 6 months later. Patients were asked about their beliefs regarding diet and medications as well as their diet during the past 24 hours in all interviews and about their adherence to statins in the 3- and 6-month follow-up interviews. At the time of statin prescription, 54 participants (76 percent) wanted to reduce dietary fat, 50 (70 percent) believed statin use could cure their hyperlipidemia, and 31 (44 percent) thought that physicians prescribed statins to them despite their preference to continue to try dietary changes. After 6 months of statin use, no significant change in saturated fat intake was noted.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Cohort Studies
  • Depression / complications
  • Diet, Fat-Restricted
  • Dietary Fats / administration & dosage*
  • Feeding Behavior* / psychology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Hyperlipidemias / diet therapy
  • Hyperlipidemias / drug therapy
  • Hypertension / complications
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Overweight
  • Patient Compliance
  • Primary Prevention
  • Smoking


  • Dietary Fats
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors