Common Hair Loss and Prostate Drug (Propecia) May Also Cut Heart Disease Risk in Men and Mice by Lowering Cholesterol

The drug finasteride, also known as Propecia or Proscar, treats male-pattern baldness and enlarged prostate in millions of men worldwide. But a new University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign study suggests the drug may also provide a surprising and life-saving benefit: lowering cholesterol and cutting the overall risk of cardiovascular disease. The study, published on February 21, 2024 in an open-access article in the Journal of Lipid Research, found significant correlations between finasteride use and lower cholesterol levels in men taking part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2009 and 2016. In mice taking high finasteride doses, the researchers found reductions in total plasma cholesterol, delayed atherosclerosis progression, lower inflammation in the liver, and related benefits. The study is titled “Finasteride Delays Atherosclerosis Progression in Mice and Is Associated with a Reduction in Plasma Cholesterol In Men.”

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