Most Americans are significantly over-medicated, and it causes a lot of annoying and unnecessary conditions. It can, in some cases, be more damaging than the problem it is attempting to fix. For example, statin use can push one to be prediabetic. The current medical protocol, rather than provide a sharper definition on whether statin use is appropriate for that situation, would be to continue almost universal prescribing of statins, perform extensive sugar level exams for the masses rather than being medically selective, and often have the patient take another medication — usually with multiple side effects — on top of the medication causing the problem. Certainly, this widespread practice is extremely lucrative for hospital laboratories.