Nearly half of over-65s who take statins give them up within a year due to side effects such as poor sleep and erectile dysfunction, study suggests

Nearly half of pensioners prescribed statins give them up within a year, a study suggests.

Researchers warned that known side effects – which include a risk of diabetes, erectile dysfunction, sleep problems and muscle pain – are putting off 45 per cent of over-65s within 12 months, with the over-85s even less likely to keep taking their pills.

Statins are taken once a day by six million Britons to reduce cholesterol and ward off heart disease.

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