The Statins’ Boom
Point – 19 Jan 2001
Like Aspirin , for witch multiple propreties was descoverd progressivly ,
Statins ( drugs destined to combat cholesterol excess ), have showen other
actions that overtake this goal. They have applications in cardiovascular
diseases as well as in preventing osteoporosis or some senile dementia. Thus,
cardiologists, reunited this week in Paris for their European Day, are talking
about “ Statins’ Boom”.
In cardiology, on the acute phase of myocardial infarction, the positive effect
seems to be resulting from their action on the inflammation rather than on the
cholesterol. Moreover, the use of these drugs influences the cognitive functions
by augmenting blood circulation in brain. American studies have also shown that
dementia risk is of 72% for patients with untreated hypercholesterolemia, versus
29% for those taking Statins.
It was proved that taking Statins improves bone’s density in women, especially
in femoral col. Therefor, they play an important role in osteoporosis
prevention. One study evaluates 50% risk reduction of fractures after tow year
At last, Statins have influence on immunity, which opens research perspectives
in autoimmune diseases like insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, multiple
sclerosis, polyarthritis rheumatoid, and psoriasis.
by: Anne Jeanblanc
Translation: Dr Al Loujami Mazen