Patients with renal disease shouldn't take statins, study finds

09/24/2013 | United Press International

Many patients with advanced stages of kidney disease are taking statin drugs to reduce their cholesterol levels that are unlikely to help them and may cause harm, according to a study published in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs. Statins offer no benefit to advanced kidney disease patients, little benefit to early-stage patients, and the drugs may even raise other health risks such as muscle pain, diabetes or dementia, researchers found.

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