As per a study conducted at the Imperial College, London, fast food chains can help reduce the risk of heart attacks among the customers by dispensing with statin drugs. This new study has given something for fast food chains to do as far as health of their diners is concerned. Read on to know more!
When a person eats French fries or burger or any such fried and unhealthy snack item, the risk of heart attack rises considerably in these individuals. A team of researchers headed by Dr. Darrel Francis have found a way to counter-attack the after effects of eating a cheese burger or hamburger. As per the studies conducted by Dr. Francis’s team, the statin drug is highly effective in offsetting the risk of any cardiac arrest. "Statin's don't cut out all of the unhealthy effects of burgers and fries. It's better to avoid fatty food altogether. But we've worked out that in terms of your likelihood of having a heart attack, taking a statin can reduce your risk to more or less the same degree as a fast food meal increases it” said Dr. Francis.
Dr. Francis further added,” It is ironic that people are free to take as many unhealthy condiments in fast food outlets as they like, but statins, which are beneficial to heart health, have to be prescribed.”
Dr. Francis observed that even though everyone knows that fast food is unhealthy
for us, we continue to eat them as they are tasty and we humans are genetically programmed to consume high calorie foods.
To tackle the increasing rate of heart attack incidents across US, Dr. Francis and his team suggested that if heart attack risk reducing drugs are made as commonly available and can be sold over the counter as the fast food items, then the heart attack incidents can be controlled somewhat. Fast foods can provide the tablets along with their meals. It would cost them not more than 5p or price equivalent to a ketchup sachet.
Drawing a parallel with people who smoke and take extra measures to minimise their risks of developing a lung cancer or any other throat disease, Dr. Francis believes that handing over statin tablets with fast foods is a rational way to reduce the risk of heart attack. But this is something for fast food chains to do.
However many scientists and doctors are not convinced with the above approach and refuse to endorse it. The fact that in spite of being fully aware of the ill effects of fatty foods and importance of nutrition and health, we are still looking for an immediate and magical cure for every ailment is a serious cause of worry. The research and study by Dr. Francis seems to encourage bad habits and gives a green signal to everyone to eat fatty foods and other unhealthy items to their heart’s content without worrying about the consequences. One just needs to pop in a magic pill that would reduce the risk of any diseases.
Another point of discontent that other scientists have observed is that, the wonder drug “statin” is not free from side effects as it has been suggested. Nausea, joint pains, diarrhoea are some of the common side effects apart from the more serious ones such as permanent liver damage, kidney damage, muscle breakdown etc.
Instead fast food chains
could provide remedy for offsetting the risk of heart attacks by using healthy oil for cooking their products and substituting light weight, low calorie substitutes for high fat ingredients.