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Findings from University of California in Health Economics Reported (Are investments in disease prevention complements? The case of statins and...

August 15, 2014



Findings from University of California in Health Economics Reported (Are investments in disease prevention complements? The case of statins and health behaviors)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Researchers detail new data in Health and Medicine. According to news reporting originating from Los Angeles, California, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "We obtain estimates of associations between statin use and health behaviors. Statin use is associated with a small increase in BMI and moderate (20-33%) increases in the probability of being obese."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of California, "Statin use was also associated with a significant (e.g., 15% of mean) increase in moderate alcohol use among men. There was no consistent evidence of a decrease in smoking associated with statin use, and exercise worsened somewhat for females. Statin use was associated with increased physical activity among males. Finally, there was evidence that statin use increased the use of blood pressure medication and aspirin for both males and females, although estimates varied considerably in magnitude."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "These results are consistent with the hypothesis that healthy diet is a strong substitute for statins, but there is only uneven evidence for the hypothesis that investments in disease prevention are complementary."

For more information on this research see: Are investments in disease prevention complements? The case of statins and health behaviors. Journal of Health Economics, 2014;36():151-163. Journal of Health Economics can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Journal of Health Economics - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/505560)

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting R. Kaestner, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, United States. Additional authors for this research include M. Darden and D. Lakdawalla (see also Health and Medicine).

Keywords for this news article include: California, Los Angeles, United States, Health and Medicine, Investment and Finance, North and Central America

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