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Statins linked to kidney disease

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Research published in the American Journal of Cardiology has identified a 30-35% increase in the risk of kidney disease in people taking statins. However, the benefits still out weigh the risks.
This 8-year study linked long-term statin use with an increased risk of kidney disease. This study was published December 1, 2015 in the American Journal of Cardiology.

However, patients who are taking statins should not stop taking them as the benefits still outweigh the risks. The study does highlight the fact that comparatively few studies have been done on the effects of long term statin use despite their widespread use for over 25 years.

If you would like to check your kidney function then the most commonly requested profile is a U&E or Kidney profile which looks at the levels of Urea and Creatinine in the blood. If your kidneys are damaged these two waste products are not cleared from your blood and the levels increase. If you would like further information see Lab Tests Online.