HIGH COLESTEROL MEDICATIONS MAY BECOME THE FIRST REMEDY FOR SCLEROSIS

 Statins that reduce cholesterol level can slow the process of brain shrinkage of patients with multiple sclerosis as reported by BBC.

This conclusion was made by University College London. At the moment there is no effective cure from multiple sclerosis, but statins may give a hope to people who suffer from this disease.

Usually, after around 10 years, around half of people with multiple sclerosis will go on to develop more advanced disease – known as secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. It is this later stage disease that scientists hope to treat with statins. The good thing is that the cost of such treatment is quite low.

Specialists randomly assigned 140 people with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis to receive either 80mg of simvastatin or a placebo. Treatment course lasted for two years. The high, daily dose of statin was well tolerated and slowed brain shrinkage by 43%.

It seems that statins may have anti-inflammatory abd neuroprotective properties. Thus, they guard nerves from damage. To come to the final conclusion scientists needs to perform further, larger clinical trials of statins.

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