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Statins: More Than Just Cardio Protection

By and Thursday, 12 November 2020 04:12 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The satirical songster Alan Sherman once crooned, "Somewhere, over the rainbow/ Way up tall/ There's a land where they've never/ heard of cholesterol."

That's nowhere in the 50 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says around 80 million Americans would benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering medicine, but only 43 million do.

The heart-protecting, risk-reducing benefits of statins — the most-often prescribed medications for elevated LDL cholesterol — are proven. According to a 2014 meta-analysis of 20 years' worth of published research, the cardiovascular benefits are huge.

But a growing number of studies shows statins do more than protect you from heart attack or stroke.

• Several studies indicate they decrease your risk for dementia by protecting the health of blood vessels in the brain and helping prevent amyloid protein accumulation, which characterizes Alzheimer's.

• They may reduce your risk for cancer, according to a new study that looked at a statin's impact on 367,000 people who had a particular cancer-related gene variant. Other studies show statins may reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancer.

• Statins may fight infection. A 2009 meta-analysis found people on statins were 43% less likely to contract infections and 45% more likely to respond to treatment than people not taking statins. Doctors now suggest statins may help fight off COVID-19.

There’s no need to debate whether you should take or stay on a prescribed statin. (Only 55% of people stick with them past six months.) That medication may protect your heart, brain, and a whole lot more from health problems.

© King Features Syndicate


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says around 80 million Americans would benefit from taking cholesterol-lowering medicine, but only 43 million do.
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