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Daily Statin Might Raise Your Risk For Cataracts

Taking a Statin to lower your cholesterol may raise your risk of developing cataracts, Canadian researchers report.

While Statins such as Zocor, Crestor and Lipitor protect many people from heart attack and stroke, they may raise the odds of developing the vision problem by 27 percent, the researchers report.

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But the risk of developing cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye is insignificant compared with the benefits of these drugs. The benefits of Statins are far outweighed by any small risk for cataract surgery.

Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said cataracts are very common. “In one’s lifetime, the chance of developing a cataract is 100 percent,” he said.

“The goal is to keep you alive long enough to get one and that’s where Statins comes in,” he said. “Statins increase the length of life by decreasing strokes and heart attacks.”