Statins Increase Risk of Diabetes

by Jennifer Bunn, RN

Research which included 90,000 subjects from 13 different studies has shown that there is an increased risk of developing diabetes in people who use statins to combat high cholesterol. Although the risk is low (a 9% increase in the four-year risk of developing the disease), researchers also looked at the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke and concluded that the benefits of taking statins outweigh the risk of developing diabetes. The risk of developing diabetes was highest in the studies that included older people. There was no difference in risk among the statins tested, which included Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor, Mevacor, and Pravachol.

The researchers concluded that physicians should be aware of this risk and, in addition to monitoring liver function and CK (creatinine kinase, which might indicate muscle damage if elevated), doctors should also check glucose levels periodically in their patients taking statins to reduce cholesterol. They also recommended that physicians should weigh the risk of developing diabetes in patients who have a lower risk of heart disease before prescribing statins. The study appears inĀ The Lancet.

Pre-Lipid is an all-natural product designed to safely and effectively lower cholesterol using plant-based ingredients, without the side effects associated with the use of statins.

Source: Diabetes Risk of Statins Outweighed by Heart Benefit

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