Statins are more effective for those who follow the Mediterranean diet

Science Daily article here.  Study abstract here.

Conclusions

MD lowered the risk of all-cause, cardiovascular and CAD/cerebrovascular mortality CVD patients, net of statins. In the same population, statins reduced CVD death risk only in combination with MD. Low-grade inflammation, rather than lipids, is likely to be on the pathway of the interaction between MD and statins towards mortality risk.

Intensive Tx Fails to Slow Atherosclerosis | Medpage Today

“When we see something that surprises us and flies in the face of what is understood, it requires another look — maybe a different cohort, larger numbers, longer follow-up,”

via Intensive Tx Fails to Slow Atherosclerosis | Medpage Today.

Surprised?  As long as we continue to focus on pharmaceuticals as the answer, no one should be surprised.