Statins are a widely used treatment for high cholesterol, and is known to reduce Ďbad cholesterolí levels in the blood in people who are at risk of serious health complications. It would however appear that they donít just prevent cardiovascular complications but can also reverse the effects of triglycerides on the pancreas.
According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Glasgow, people who used statins had a 21% lower risk of developing pancreatitis, which is caused by high levels of triglycerides in the blood, compared to those who didnít use the treatment.
Triglycerides are a type of fat that occur alongside HDL (Ďgood cholesterolí) and LDL (Ďbad cholesterolí) in the blood and in high numbers mostly has a negative effect on a personís health. Triglyceride levels tend to be elevated in people who drink heavily quite regularly, which is why itís often associated with diseases related to drinking such as pancreatitis. This is a condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed often as a result of excessive drinking or because of gallstones.
The results of the study also showed that treatments like fibrates, which are also used to help control blood lipid levels, may not have the desired effects and may even increase the risk of pancreatitis because it can increase a patientís risk of developing gallstones. It is thought that one in three adults over 45 take statins in the UK to reduce their risk of developing heart problems as a result of high cholesterol.Add Comment
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