Taking Charge of Your Health

Statins are known to lower cholesterol and
improve heart health in some patients. New evidence suggests they could also help some
patients’ sight. I’m Gabe Garza with your latest health news. If those patients have
age-related macular degeneration (AMD), statins in high doses may improve their vision and
fight underlying factors that can contribute to the eye condition, a new phase I and phase
II trial found. AMD is among the most common causes of blindness. The progressive eye disease
is tied to deposits of fatty proteins under the retina in the eye. Symptoms include blurred
vision and partial blindness. Statins are a class of drugs most commonly used to lower
high cholesterol, a condition tied to heart disease. For their study, researchers gave
23 patients with dry AMD a high dose statin. Ten of those patients experienced improvements
in vision and had fewer fatty deposits near the retina. Even though these results are
exciting, later-stage trials are needed to further test statins effect on AMD.

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