For more than seven years, Lipitor has been the number one pharmaceutical sold in America. Now, new studies have shown that this cholesterol-lowering drug may also reduce blindness.
Researchers at the University of Georgia found that Lipitor can prevent free radicals in the retina from killing nerves important to maintaining vision.
This is especially helpful in patients with Diabetes, the leading cause of blindness in the country. Uncontrolled diabetes and excessive glucose can induce free radicals which go on to damage the retina and ultimately take away vision.
These findings have implications not only for the eye, but also for other parts of the body where nerves are affected by diabetes and free radicals.
Obviously controlling your diabetes through diet, exercise and medication is the first step to preserving your sight. But this study shows that previously unknown mechanisms may also be beneficial.
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