Diabetes Risk Discovered with Use of Statins

As we know, medications can have some undesirable side effects. When our doctor prescribes a medication, they take into account the positive effect the medicine is intended to have versus the negative impact it may have. However, this only applies when the negative side effect of the specific medication is known.

A recent large-scale study led by Dr. Victoria Zigmont of the Ohio State University in Columbus, confirmed the results of several previous studies that showed that the use of statins comes with a risk.

To be more precise, the researchers showed that although statins are an effective medicine for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in general and heart attacks and strokes, in particular, they elevate an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The results of this study were published in the journal Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews.

For the purposes of their study, the research team analyzed data from approximately 5,000 non-diabetics who were at risk for heart disease. Approximately 800 of these individuals were taking statins when the study began.

Analysis confirmed that individuals who took statins were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those individuals who did not. In fact, the results of the study showed that individuals taking statins were twice as likely to develop diabetes as those who did not take statins.

Nevertheless, Dr. Zigmont stated clearly, “Statins are very effective in preventing heart attacks and strokes. I would never recommend people stop taking the statin they’ve been prescribed based on this study, but it should open up further discussions about diabetes prevention and patient and provider awareness of the issue.”

Since diabetes is itself a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the distribution of this new information to the medical community will help doctors make more informed decisions regarding which of their patients would be most likely to benefit from the use of statins.

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