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Could Statins Raise Diabetes Risk?

HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- Certain statins -- the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs -- may increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The risk was greatest for patients taking atorvastatin (brand name Lipitor), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor), the study said. Focusing on almost 500,000 Ontario residents, researchers in Canada found that the overall odds of developing diabetes were low in patients prescribed statins. Still, people taking Lipitor had a 22 percent higher risk of new-onset diabetes, Crestor users had an 18 percent increased risk and people taking Zocor had a 10 percent increased risk, relative to those taking pravastatin (Pravachol), which appears to have a favorable effect on diabetes. Physicians should weigh the risks and benefits when prescribing these medications, the researchers said in the study, which was published online May 23 in the journal BMJ. This does not, however, mean that patients should stop taking their statins, the experts said. The study also showed only an association between statin use and higher risk of diabetes; it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. "Wh Continue reading >>

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  1. LexieBee

    So, does Crestor really raise blood glucose levels and increase insulin resistance?

    I just had my annual argument with the doc about taking statins, since my cholesterol was 229. I relented and went and paid for a prescription. But now am reading that Crestor can actually increase blood glucose and make you more insulin resistant. The article even went so far as to suggest that statins may actually CAUSE diabetes. This is just infuriating. Has anyone experienced elevated bg levels after taking Crestor?

  2. gretaruba

    There are lots of articles on-line regarding the increased risk of elevated bg and developing diabetes because of statins. Lots of articles. Here's one:
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/877626

  3. Triv

    Sorry, Medscape link doesn't work without joining.

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