People who take statins are more likely to gain weight, researchers say.
British scientists have warned that the millions who are given the cholesterol-busting drugs should also be advised to do more exercise in a bid to counter the unwanted side effect.
The discovery, made by researchers at University College London and the University of Glasgow, will add fuel to the controversy raging over the use of statins.
Experts say that prescribing the drugs to those with an increased risk of heart attacks or strokes saves countless lives.
But many GPs and patients are concerned that they are prescribed too easily. Some say this needlessly exposes people to side effects such as muscle pain, higher diabetes risk and now obesity.
As recently as July, the health watchdog NICE changed its advice to encourage GPs to prescribe the drugs to anyone who is considered to have a 10 per cent chance of a heart attack.
That change means that 17million adults – which amounts to nearly all people over the age of 40 – are now eligible to take statins regularly.
Source: Daily mail