Low Cholesterol May Increase Cancer Risk

According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, use of cholesterol-lowering drugs or statins may increase the risk of developing cancer in patients.

Statins are commonly prescribed to heart patients because they help in lowering the level of cholesterol in blood.

During the analysis, 13 statin clinical trials were performed on 41,000 patients. The results indicated a higher rate of a newly-diagnosed cancer in low-cholesterol patients than high-cholesterol patients.

Although, in comparison to high cholesterol patients one additional case of cancer was found in low-cholesterol patients, researchers are still not sure about a direct link between statin use and increased cancer risk.

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