Statins can prevent pregnant women from pre-eclampsia

For women who are pregnant, you should read this news. Ever heard of pre-eclampsia? The disease is extremely dangerous for women who are pregnant. In fact, according to research in the UK, 70,000 women die every year, and 4 million babies born prematurely per year from this disease. Pre-eclampsia is a disease that causes hypertension during pregnancy and is associated with an increased amount of protein contained in urine.

However, the research conducted by the Edinburgh University may help you. According to Professor Asif Ahmed, pre-eclampsia can be prevented by taking medications for heart disease or Statins. Statins may help reduce the levels of a protein that can cause pre-eclampsia.

“This is the first stage, but we are confident that taking a scientific approach to finding a way to alleviate preeclampsia would enable us to prolong affected pregnancies, improving the outcome for both the baby and the expectant mother…If successful, this could help provide cheap, widely available therapy against pre-eclampsia — which could help reduce maternal and infant deaths across the world,” said Professor Asif Ahmed, in a statement made ??to BBC News.

However, Professor Asif Ahmed advised pregnant women to test first before asking doctors to prescribe Statins. Hopefully, this discovery could reduce the number of deaths of pregnant women and premature babies from pre-eclampsia.

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