If the cholesterol level is too high, so-called statins can help to lower the level again. The cholesterol-lowering but have side effects – and positive!
Is her cholesterol too high? Do you get medication for high cholesterol? That does not have to be bad. Because certain cholesterol-lowering drugs, so-called statins, have quite positive side effects.
Statins not only lower cholesterol, they can also protect against liver cancer. This is reported by American scientists from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. But that's not the only positive side effect. The cholesterol-lowering drugs may possibly make eliminating the gallbladder unnecessary. This finding came to the US researchers when comparing two studies.
Initial research has shown that statins protect against liver cell cancer, Hashem El-Serag explains. Although the results must be confirmed in further studies, but in patients with diabetes, there were already positive results, the physician explains.
Who takes statins, protects against liver cancer
The scientists observed more than 6,500 diabetics who had an increased risk of liver cancer to prove the beneficial effects of statins. They examined whether the about 1,300 liver cell cancer patients as well as the approximately 5,200 other, unaffected diabetics took statins. The scientists note a clear correlation between the intake of cholesterol-lowering and liver disease. When the diabetics took statins, they became less likely to develop liver cancer.
The longer they took the cholesterol-lowering drug, the lower the cancer risk. However, one can only indirectly conclude from the study that statins protect against liver cancer. Without an exact control, the physicians can not determine which patients have received which amount of statins.
Take cholesterol lowering – keep gallbladder
A similar relationship found the researchers in the intake of cholesterol and the gallbladder removal. They found that taking statins often made it unnecessary to remove the gallbladder. However, the scientists also have to carry out a control study here.
Statins are among the drugs that are most commonly prescribed. High cholesterol levels lower blood cholesterol. If confirmed by the assumptions of the US researchers, the statins can soon be used for other purposes.
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