A Single Injection Can Help Decrease Bad Cholesterol

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Having an increase cholesterol level in the blood is indeed a health problem that needs medical attention and change in one’s lifestyle. An increase in the cholesterol levels only means that a person is at risk of developing certain cardiovascular diseases which can put the person into great deal of disability. Recently, new recommendations were released about the cholesterol level screenings among children because of the increasing incidences of childhood obesity. Also, health care professionals and researchers are still conducting further studies in order to find ways on how to lessen the amount of bad cholesterol in the body. Good news, a one shot of man made protein PCSK9 can actually reduce the bad cholesterol in the body, according to a preliminary research.

Bad cholesterol or also known as the low density lipo-protein (LDL) is a compound made up of fat and protein. It is considered as bad cholesterol because this brings cholesterol, triglycerides, and other fats to the different parts of the human body which can cause blockage of the vessels hampering the blood supply going to the heart and other vital organs.

“When too much LDL (bad) cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Together with other substances, it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, heart attack or stroke can result,” says the American Heart Association.

The findings of the new study which was presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) annual meeting in Orlando, tackles about the significant results of administering a man made protein which can reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the body.

According to the study author Clapton Dias, medical sciences director of clinical pharmacology and early development at Amgen, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., the use of this man made protein shot to individuals with increase amounts of LDL in the blood can help lower down bad cholesterol. PCSK9 can be used as an additional treatment for those individuals who are into cholesterol-lowering therapies such as taking drugs like statins. Also, this shot can be used as a solo treatment for those persons who cannot tolerate consumption of cholesterol lowering drugs.

The study involves analysis and examination of data from about 54 mean and 2 women who belong to the age group of 18 to 45 years. The study participants had elevated cholesterol levels in their blood when the study started. Each participant received one shot out of the 5 shots of the new drug which was administered through intravenously or placebo. After about almost 4 months, the researchers measured the LDL cholesterol levels of the study participants.

Moreover, researchers found out PCSK9 were able to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol for about 64 per cent, and that this new treatment can be used for long term approach.



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