Dr. Boppart finds downside to statins
In a study published in the December issue of PLOS One, Dr. Marni Boppart and her colleagues found that mice given statins moved less than mice that did not receive statins, and that the movement that did occur resulted in fewer positive physical changes within their muscles. Statins, which are prescribed to lower cholesterol, are among the most widely prescribed pharmaceuticals. Dr. Boppart, an associate professor of Kinesiology and Community Health, said the study’s results suggest that statins may reduce a person’s desire to participate in voluntary or prescribed exercise training programs. Read the New York Times article.