Can Statins Save Your Life? Find Out Here

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) may not sound so bad, but it is. What’s so fatal about muscle degeneration? you might ask. Well, the heart is a muscle, so there’s that.

Luckily, people like Dr. Froehner and Dr. Whitehead have dedicated themselves to saving the lives of Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients.

These two researchers have recently discovered that statins, commonly used to treat cardiovascular health and lower cholesterol, could be just as, or even more, effective at treating DMD.

The proof is in the mice.

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A particular statin, known as simvastatin, was administered to a group of mice with DMD. It was observed that, in time, the statin helped improve the functionality of their muscles. That’s just putting it simply. You can read in-depth material about the study here and here.

But this might be my favorite part: Both researchers claimed to be surprised at how well the statin worked to improve muscle function in the mice.

Now, I want you to picture a traditional scientist–white lab coat and goggles–standing over a cage full of brown mice, with a look of pure surprise. Looks weird, doesn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I always pictured my scientists to be “strictly science,” having absolutely no time to entertain something as fruitless and mundane as “feeling.”

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Ok, so Bill Nye is the obvious exception… Source: www.giphy.com

But I digress.

What matters is… Froehner and Whitehead’s findings could change the name of the game for DMD-based therapy. Next step: CLINICAL TRIALS!


Lady Kehveen Abernathy

Lady Kehveen Abernathy

Lady Kehveen Abernathy, of noble birth (or so she’d like to believe), is what many would call a youthful “old soul.” As a self-proclaimed “caregiver to the world,” impassioned about life, triumph, and all things beauty, Lady Kehveen strives to love others, seek understanding, and most importantly, spread awareness. But don’t let her sweet demeanor deceive you. Dressed to the nines over corset and petticoat, she’s made it her mission to defend the innocent and fight all things evil on this Earth. And being no stranger to chronic disease, she knows exactly where to start.

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