The documentary 29 Billion Reasons to Lie About Cholesterol should be worth seeing. Without a doubt millions of healthy people are taking statin drugs every day for no good reason.
Except, of course, for those 29 000 000 000 reasons, counted in dollars.
The need to treat “high cholesterol” over 200 mg/dL (or some other arbitrary number) with statins is marketing talk. It’s not based on good science. A recent meta-analysis of all relevant studies shows no clear benefit of taking statins for people without heart disease. That’s despite the fact that all these studies are funded by pharmaceutical companies selling statins.
Bottom line: If you don’t have heart disease you’re probably better off without cholesterol-lowering drugs.