Cholesterol drugs linked to cataracts

A new study carried out at the University of Waterloo in Canada has discovered a possible link between the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and an increased risk of age-related cataracts. Although scientists are still trying to understand the connection, it appears to be similar to the increased cataract risk associated with type 2 diabetes.

The study included nearly 6,400 patients seen between 2007 and 2008. Based on the study those with type 2 diabetes had an 82 per cent increase in risk of developing age-related cataracts, and those taking statins had a 57 per cent risk increase.

Further studies need to be done to confirm this link, however, the researchers stressed that the known benefits of statin treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes probably outweighed the increased risk of cataracts.

You can read more about the study at the Science Daily website.