London: In a major study, a daily dose of cholesterol-lowering drug statins has been shown to more than halve the chances of getting arthritis.British researchers believe the breakthrough could pave the way for low-cost pills that can ward off osteoarthritis.Mohammed Ahmed Rashid, of Cambridge University, hailed the findings of the 10-year study, but noted that clinical trials and cost analyses are needed to decide on the feasibility of using statins in osteoarthritis patients.Keele University carried out the research because of growing evidence that arthritis is not just down to wear and tear as the body ages but also inflammation in the joints.The study of more than 16,000 adults found that people on the highest doses of statins - 18.5mg or more a day - had 60 per cent lower osteoarthritis rates than people not taking the drugs.
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