Statins linked to aches

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - PUZZLES -

DUNDEE Univer­sity re­searchers have dis­cov­ered some peo­ple are ge­net­i­cally prone to suf­fer mus­cle aches and pains when given statins, which are used to lower choles­terol.

The break­through opens up the pos­si­bil­ity of screen­ing pa­tients to iden­tify those who may suf­fer ad­verse re­ac­tions to be­ing given al­ter­na­tive med­i­ca­tion.

Re­search team leader Pro­fes­sor Colin Palmer said: “We found there are peo­ple in the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion who carry a ge­netic fac­tor that pre­dis­poses them to mus­cle aches.

“If these peo­ple are put on statins, they might dis­con­tinue their med­i­ca­tion in the er­ro­neous be­lief it is the statin that is mak­ing their mus­cles ache.

“At the same time, we ob­served that there is a ge­netic sub-group of pa­tients who are sus­cep­ti­ble to statin-spe­cific mus­cle aches.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.