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Statins to reduce the mortality in arthritis patients!

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13 Nov 2016 - General
 

Statins is a class of drugs which helps in reducing blood cholesterol levels and it is really helpful in reducing the risk for acute coronary syndrome and strokes. Addition to that a new benefit of statins has been identified by a group of researchers. Some researches from the Massachusetts General Hospital has found statins reduced mortality by as much as a third for patients with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis. They have found that there is a 33% drop of the mortality of the arthritis patients due to the use of statins. The reason for this is that they have an ability to reduce inflammation process which leads joint calcifications.

It is well known that apart from its action to reduce serum cholesterol, statins have the ability to reduce inflammation by reduction of some inflammatory cytokines and other mediators. Statins are a class of drugs that is used very commonly. Actually if you take 100 patients above the age of 60 years, I am sure at least 50 of them are on a statin. Cardiovascular diseases and rheumatoid arthritis are concurrent disease that we commonly see in the elderly, so it is good that the statins can give ...
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Thanks for sharing. The result of this research is promising as you have said. But actually, it is a debated topic. The use of statins for arthritis is controversial. Statins may have some anti-inflammatory properties which may help in arthritis. But it is still not proved undoubtedly. Several studies were conducted in last decade, still many are running. The result of those studies are different from each other. Some studies show beneficial effect of statins on arthritis progression, some found...
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