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Comment author: RomeoStevens 30 August 2015 06:09:13PM 0 points [-]

My impression was that when looking at subgroups the low risk groups didn't show any significant risk reduction, and that the higher your risk profile goes the more you reduce risk[1]. So I guess a 5 year lag implies it would be reasonable to start taking it at 40. But an individual has access to better predictors than population wide analysis of age cohorts. The problem is that there is no easy way to judge the balance of risks as you age. Mortality from GI bleeding is low, but not that low[2]. I would hazard a guess that someone who gets regular blood panels and finds themselves leaving the very low risk cluster of parameters (ApoA:ApoB, CRP, high BP) it is probably on net worth it.

  1. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejm199704033361401
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3309903/ (table 4)