People taking statins less likely to die from Covid, study suggests
Millions of people who take statins may be less likely to die from Covid, research suggests.
The cholesterol-lowering drugs are one of the world’s most popular medications. They can also reduce inflammation in blood vessels, which has prompted questions over whether they could help with outcomes in coronavirus patients.
Now a large study published in PLOS Medicine suggests statins are associated with a slightly lower risk of dying from Covid-19. However, experts urged caution over the results and stressed that the findings did not prove that statins can reduce death rates.
The research looked at the relationship between the drugs and Covid mortality. Using data from Swedish registers, the Karolinska Institutet followed 963,876 residents of Stockholm over the age of 45 between March and November 2020.
The results were based …
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