Statins to reduce cholesterol are often prescribed for younger people, because they unfold their full effect only after several years. From a Review in the journal the Lancet showed that elderly people also benefit from the treatment, especially if the Diabetes or atherosclerosis.
To lower high cholesterol, prevents cardiovascular diseases. Effective drugs, the statins, the older people, however, are not prescribed often because it takes a long time until the effect sets in. Now, it has been shown in a review of 28 clinical trials that these drugs are also used for the Generation of 75: "Treatment with a Statin over about five years duration also lowered in this group, the number of heart attacks and strokes deutlich", Professor Dr. Dr. Helmut Schatz noted from Bochum, member of the Board of the German society for endocrinology. The effect is in this age group, although not quite as pronounced as in younger people, but in older age, more cardiovascular-occurrence of diseases can benefit the bottom line, possibly even more people from treatment than in younger age groups.
A further investigation showed that statins patients between 75 and 85 years of age lowered the risk of death in Diabetes by 16 percent. Therefore, treasure advises to consider statins for older people into consideration. Important for the decision, however, is that the patients are ready to take the medication regularly take.
High cholesterol causes buildup in the blood vessels, which remain unnoticed for a long time: the so-called atherosclerosis. If the resulting constrictions cause a Vascular occlusion, can lead to a stroke or heart attack.
DOI 10.1136/bmj.k3359 DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31942-1
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