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The association between statin use and physical functioning in older adults.


Cholesterol lowering medicines, i.e. statins, are among the most widely prescribed medicines in developed countries such as Australia and the Netherlands. A known adverse effect of statin use is muscle weakness resulting in difficulty with daily activities such as walking and getting up from a chair. It is however, not known to what extent statin use influences physical functioning on a population level. The aim of this study is to examine the association between statin use and a range of measures of physical functioning, including walking, chair rise and standing balance.