Wednesday, February 17, 2016

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

We all know the saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." This may prove true after research done by University of Oxford suggests that eating an apple once a day may be just as beneficial as daily statin use when it comes to preventing vascular deaths in individuals over the age of 50.

Statin is class of medicine that is used to lower blood cholesterol levels by blocking HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme that controls cholesterol production in the liver. High cholesterol levels can lead to plaques build up in arteries and decrease blood flow leading to heart attack and stroke.

According to the study, statin decrease vascular deaths by 9,400 in 17.6 million people who are taking statin, while in those who eat an apple a day, the number of vascular death decreased by 8,500 in 22 million people. If side effects of statin are taking into consideration, both statin and apple almost have same results.

This doesn’t mean that apple should substitute statin, but if we change our lifestyle by exercising, eating healthy food, vegetables and fruits including apples, then we are reducing the risk of heart and vascular diseases. 

Posted by Mohammed Saleh


  1. This very interesting topic.I find this interesting because it talks about how medicine isn't always the best option. An apple a day has essentially the same effect on a person. This is very important for people to see that living a healthy life style can impact your life so greatly that it can actually be better than resorting to using medicine.

    Emily Mueller (Group 2)

  2. Exactly, a healthy life style that includes healthy food and exercise can keep us away from drugs as possible.

    Mohammed Saleh