How Helpful Are Statins?

February 21, 2015 6:55 AM

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A new study has examined that statins may not be as beneficial as once thought. Xuemei Huang, a professor of neurology and the vice chair for research at Penn State College of Medicine comments, “We confirmed our previous finding that high total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol were associated with a lower risk of PD. Moreover, statin use over the course of the study did not protect against PD, and in fact appeared to increase PD risk in the long term. Although the analysis on statin use and PD was based on a fairly small number of PD cases, this preliminary data argues against the hypothesis that statins protect against PD.”

Huang goes on to say, “One possibility is that statin use can be a marker of people who have high cholesterol which itself may be associated with lower PD risk. This could explain why some studies have found an association between use of these medications and low incidence of PD. Most importantly, t...

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