Older Men Who Take Statins May Be Less Active

(Undated) — Older men who take drugs called statins to lower their cholesterol may be less active than people who don’t take the medication. A new study shows statin users got about 40 fewer minutes of exercise per week than non-users. Oregon State University pharmacy professor David Lee led the study and says statins can cause muscle pain and weakness in some patients. They may end up getting less exercise due to these side effects. Lee says doctors should encourage patients who need statins to push themselves to keep up their exercise routines. The study was published on the website for the JAMA Internal Medicine journal.