Some strains of red yeast rice (but not those sold as food in China and Japan), when fermented under controlled conditions, produce compounds called monacolins, which are structurally very similar to statin drugs
such as pravastatin, simvastatin, and lovastatin.
daily of simvastatin, a common statin drug
used to prevent heart attack and stroke, and 447 took a daily placebo, or dummy pill.
However, a very effective method of regulating cholesterol is statin drugs
These widely varying amounts have led to concerns over how the supplements are created and the extreme potency of some products, especially considering that they contain the same ingredient found in a statin drug
This almost casual attitude toward statin drug
use largely stems from industry influence.
Similar studies have shown that other statin drugs
share this property.
Our data cannot be used as rationale for changing the indication for statin drugs
to include prevention or treatment of colorectal cancer, but this question certainly warrants further investigation," said Jenny Poynter, a statistician from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Few studies have explored the possibility of using statin drugs
for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease among older adults.
Of 30,629 white patients, 62% were diagnosed with dyslipidemia, and all of those patients were on statin drugs
One of the potential--thought--rare--side-effects of taking a statin drug
is a condition known as rhabdomyolysis, a break-down of the muscles that can lead to renal failure, but I should have made it clearer in the piece that rhabdomyolysis does not strike every patient on statins.
From July, the statin drug
simvastatin will be available without prescription in the UK.
The research pair have since discovered that a family of proteins called sterol regulatory element binding proteins (SREBPs) controls the LDL receptors and regulates cholesterol levels in the body--a finding that forms the basis for using statin drug
therapy to lower cholesterol levels.
Patients are often first diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia and placed on a statin drug
in primary care settings.
The potential benefits of statin drug
use in the treatment or prevention of Alzheimer's disease have been widely recognized, both in the media and in medical research.
An important new study has found that ongoing statin drug
use was associated with a 67% reduction in the risk of AD (Current Alzheimer Research 2008; 5: 416-421).