New evidence shows that Statins may have two benefits, lowering cholesterol and easing the symptoms of arthritis. They help the heart, and now, there's evidence that cholesterol lowering drugs called Statins may also ease the symptoms of arthritis.
A six month study of 116 rheumatoid arthritis patients finds those who took Statins reported more improvement in symptoms like swelling compared to the patients who were given a placebo. As expected, the Statin group also lowered their cholesterol levels.
Statins target inflammation which is a key factor in both heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers say the findings are important because people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are at a higher risk of developing heart disease and Statins could offer a therapy to tackle both.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Center for Rheumatic Diseases in Glasgow, Scotland and is published in the British journal Lancet. This side-note could be important: The study was funded by Pfizer, a drug manufacturer which makes Lipitor, a Statin.