Cholesterol Med Reduces Inflammation
The statin drug simvastatin, which is one of the most commonly prescribed medications worldwide and is used to lower cholesterol, also helps reduce inflammation in the body. This important finding may help researchers develop better treatments for diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other inflammatory diseases.
According to researchers in Denmark, statins “are not designed to have this effect.” The recent study, conducted at Aarhus University, showed that simvastatin acts as a “plug” in proteins that retain immune system cells and contribute to inflammation and cause disease. In MS, for example, inflammation occurs in the nervous system, while in diabetes, it affects the kidneys, eyes, and other organs.
In some cases, statins must be administered at high doses to achieve this anti-inflammatory effect. More studies are needed, but researchers are encouraged—many people can take statin drugs without negative side effects, and in the future, they may help people with chronic conditions feel better and avoid complications.
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