08 September 2010

What is the role of statins?

This article in the BBC really took me in and made me read. No is is not about diabetes, but about something that many of us do take – statins. Now I know that many people are trying to get off statins and for probably for good reasons.

This study in Israel should give you cause for thinking. A study base of of 1.8 million patients is hardly something you ignore. They found that those on statins for reducing heart attacks, were 50 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

The article quotes Jane Tadman, of Arthritis Research UK, who said: "Our own published research and that of researchers in Japan has shown a modest but significant effect on inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis, and this latest piece of research adds further evidence of this link”. "We now need larger clinical trials to confirm further that statins can reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis."

This should give those that have a history of rheumatoid arthritis in their families some hope if they need statins or are on statins.

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