Thursday, June 15, 2017

Research update: Statins may increase risk of Parkinsons' disease

Hey Awesomites

A new research by neuroscientists has updated our knowledge about the association between high cholesterol levels in people and prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases such as the Parkinson's.

Previous studies suggested there is a positive association link of hypercholesterolemia with Parkinson's disease. The latest research, however, concluded the opposite. "High cholesterol", the absolute indication of statins therapy, is associated with lower risk of parkinson's disease.

In fact, Fat- soluble statins ( lipophilics ) may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease. Since they are fat-soluble, they are much more likely to cross blood-brain barrier and enter brain tissues. They include atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, cerivastatin, pitavastatin, and simvastatin.

Note - This research study does not suggest statins cause such neurodegenerative diseases. No. Rather it suggests you not to prescribe statins for "preventing" the disease.

Thats all
- Jaskunwar Singh

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