Do we get it yet?  That all the calculations in the world likely equate to the need to live better and gain health through lifestyle changes and modifications which reduce excess weight and visceral fat, as well as improve lipid profiles, muscle mass, and inflammatory processes. There is no “calculator” which would predict a need for a “statin medication” without ALSO predicting the need to change the way people live for longevity and quality of life…

Last week, the nation’s leading heart organizations released a sweeping new set of guidelines for lowering cholesterol, along with an online calculator meant to help doctors assess risks and treatment options. But, in a major embarrassment to the health groups, the calculator appears to greatly overestimate risk, so much so that it could mistakenly suggest that millions more people are candidates for statin drugs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/health/risk-calculator-for-cholesterol-appears-flawed.html?pagewanted=2&ref=health