Statins, the New Wonder Drug?

Statins are a group of medications used to decrease cholesterol in the body. This reduction is shown to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Recent research, however, is shedding a new light on the potential benefits of these drugs. In a study involving more than 50,000 patients, statins showed a benefit in patients with atherosclerotic disease, or hardening of the arteries. Not only do the medications lower cholesterol, they have favorable effects on the blood vessels, kidneys, and bone. Statins were shown to decrease blood clot formation and scientists are linking statins to a reduced risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, prostate and colon cancer, bone fractures, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and osteoporosis. Statins may also be useful for treating multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid …