"The problem though is that even though we've already identified the basic risk factors, so far most of the data concerning cholesterol and risk has been circumstantial or confounded by a lot of other problems," Provenzano noted. "But now the SHARP study has answered the question, and found that LDL, bad cholesterol, directly impacts acceleration of chronic kidney disease. And they've found a way to get around the high side-effect profile of statins by combining them with another medication."
"Now if you have kidney disease, this won't cure you per se," he cautioned. "But it treats the co-morbidities that can kill these patients. And that makes this finding extremely useful."
For more on kidney disease and heart disease risk, visit the National Kidney Foundation.
SOURCES: Colin Baigent, M.D., professor, epidemiology, University of Oxford, England; Robert Provenzano, M.D., chief, nephrology, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit; June 9, 2011, The Lancet online; June 6-9, 2011, presentation, UK Renal Association and British Renal Society meeting, Birmingham, England
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