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A Drug That Protects The Heart, Found To Protect The Eyes

by Medindia Content Team on  April 29, 2004 at 9:56 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
A Drug That Protects The Heart, Found To Protect The Eyes
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. There's no cure, but researchers have discovered a link that may help prevent the disease. Drugs designed to protect your heart may also help your eyes.
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The disease is often attributed to simply getting older, but new research suggests there could be another risk factor -- Cholesterol. Researchers wondered if cholesterol-lowering drugs -- called statins -- would reduce the risk of macular degeneration.Therefore they studied the records of more than 5,500 men and they found that those who had macular degeneration were less frequently using statins .

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Specifically, there was a 50-percent reduction in the risk of macular degeneration among the men taking statins. Thus researchers say the question remains why , they say it is very important for them to understand the statins work as this is very important for understanding the cause for the disease.
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