LONDON - A study has found that statins could stave off Parkinson’s disease by keeping arteries in the brain healthy in old age.

US experts tracked nearly 3,000 people with an average age of 76, a third of whom were taking statins.

Over a six-year period, those on the cholesterol-lowering drugs were 16% less likely to develop signs of Parkinson’s, such as shaking, stiffness and shuffling movements.

There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, which leads to parts of the brain becoming progressively damaged over years.