Cholesterol medication may lower pneumonia risk


March 20, 2012 9:27:48 AM PDT
Cholesterol lowering statins may provide an unexpected benefit to patients. Those taking the drugs seem to have a slightly lower risk of developing pneumonia.

Researchers reporting in the Canadian Medical Journal looked at 18,000 adults using the medication, Crestor. Those on the drug were 17% less likely to develop pneumonia over several years. Researchers don't suggest people start on statins in the hope of warding off pneumonia.

This latest research is in line with other studies showing patients who take statin are less likely to get, or die from, severe respiratory illnesses such as flu and pneumonia.