To start with I’m distrustful of the influence of the pharmaceutical companies, who would not doubt be delighted if they can expand their market from people who are ill to include those who are healthy. Furthermore, the drugs in question have side effects, and I’m suspicious in particular about statins, having read “The Great Cholesterol Con” by the Scottish GP Dr Malcolm Kendrick, and having treated a number of patients with rather peculiar and unexplained muscle pain which I suspect (but cannot prove) may have come from the fact that they were all on statins. And furthermore I have an attachment to the idea of living in harmony with nature, poor romantic fool that I am, and therefore want to avoid drugs if at all possible. Deep down I don’t trust that putting drugs into my body is such a good idea, possibly even if it means I live a few years longer. Longevity isn’t everything.
On the other hand, perhaps I’m being irresponsible, given that if I don’t take the polypill, assuming it does become available and my GP suggests I take it, I might end up having a stroke and costing the NHS lots of money to rehabilitate me .
Are these pills the best way to stay healthy? Other research in the news says that most adults don’t get enough exercise. So, is the evidence that people who do get enough exercise, and live healthily in other ways too – emotionally, ethically, diet-wise – will benefit from these pills, or are the pills only needed because of the lifestyles many of us have lumbered ourselves with?
Anyhow, if I ever go to see my GP and if they suggest I take such a pill, I will need a bit of persuading.