Monday, January 16, 2012
Kidney Stones and Statins
A recent study has shown that cholesterol may do more than lead to clogged blood vessels. Cholesterol may also contribute to kidney stone formation. A study by Dr. James Masterson has shown a decreased incidence of stone formation in those individuals with high cholesterol who use statin drugs (Lipitor, etc.) compared to those who do not.
While the improvement is slight (3.9% Vs. 3.2%), it is the first true evidence that metabolic syndrome (hypertension, diabetes, obesity) may directly relate to stone formation.
Further studies are needed, but the good news is that there may be preventative stone treatment on the horizon with proven benefit.