Friday, 29 May 2015

Statins vs Fish

the May/June edition of International Aquafeeds magazine is out!

On p. 3 you can read my views on "statins vs fish".

Hope you enjoy the read :)

Yannis Zabetakis

Further reading

[1] Increased risk of diabetes with statin treatment is associated with impaired insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion: a 6 year follow-up study of the METSIM cohort. Diabetologia, 2015,

[2] Food security and cardioprotection: the polar lipid link. Journal of Food Science, 2013,



The Suitcase Man said...

Good point, provided that one is in relatively good health.

By the way, fish oils can also be prescribed to patients (at doses much larger than those normally obtained through diet).

Statins have the relative advantage of achieving the desired LDL lowering at the shortest time. Thus some physicians opt for statins at the beginning of the treatment course followed by other means - even diet changes alone - at a later stage.

Yannis Zabetakis said...

thanks for the comment, it is interesting your point that we need ti lower LDL, in fact we don't :) see this commentary where we describe why cardioprotection is NOT through lowering LDL but via different pathways/mechanisms

in any case, statins have strong side effects and their prescription needs to be re-evaluated, they put millions of people in danger!