Statins is the medication used for patients who suffer from cholesterol levels. This is the most common used treatment and it is well-known to be effective. However, many patients refrain from using it due to the strong effect it has on the body. This was a major problem as many people suffering from high cholesterol levels were not efficiently treated due to their lack of use of statins.
However, a recent study was conducted to observe the effects that statins actually causes to the body. The study has shown that statins actually have a positive effect for patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. It was seen that the condition was getting better through the use of statins without any side effects.
The study was led by a team of researchers from Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust who conducted the event known as the Trial of Atorvastatin for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (TRACE RA). The three authors of the paper are Professor George Kitas from the foundation, Jill Belch and Deborah Symmons; Professors of the University of Dundee and the University of Manchester accordingly.
They commented on statins saying, “The trial found that the statin reduced levels of cholesterol by similar amounts as has been seen in other populations studied. The results also show that it is as safe for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to take statins as for the general population.”