Gene Variant Reduces Effectiveness Of Statins

June 17, 2008

A new report has revealed that a gene variant forces cholesterol lowering drugs known as statins to be less effective.Washington (ChattahBox) – A new report has revealed that a gene variant forces cholesterol lowering drugs known as statins to be less effective.

The new study was funded by the U.S. National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD.

The study, which was carried out by the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California, looked at 900 people in total.

Researchers found that a gene variant caused the statins to be 9% less effective in reducing cholesterol.

The gene variant is located in the messenger RNA of patients. What it does is it causes your body to be resistant to the medicine.

The study has been published in the journal Circulation.


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