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Statin Use Raises Diabetes Risk

A A A Liam Davenport Long-term statin use is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes of approximately 30% in individuals at high-risk of the disease, even after taking into account known risk factors and potential confounders, say US researchers. They looked at the development of diabetes among statin users in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), which included more than 3200 participants. Over 10 years, statin use was linked to a 36% increased risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, falling to 27% after taking into account baseline risk factors and clinical criteria used to determine the need for statins. The findings are consistent with previous studies suggesting that statin use substantially increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. The new study was published online October 23 in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care by lead author Jill P Crandall, MD, department of medicine and diabetes research center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, New York, and colleagues. As previously reported by Medscape Medical News, a study of more than 8700 Finnish men aged 45 to 73 years showed that over 6 years statins were linked to a 46% increased risk of type 2 diab Continue reading >>

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  1. Greygoose

    Statins and Pre-diabetes?

    I have read several articles (WebMD, Mayo Clinic) which state that statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) may be linked to a raised risk of Type 2 diabetes. According to these articles, it's possible that your blood sugar level may increase when you take a statin which may lead to developing type 2 diabetes. The risk is small but important enough that the FDA has issued a warning on statin labels regarding this. I have been on a very low dose of Crestor (5 mg, 3 times a week) for 3-4 years and my A1C seems to be stuck at 6.4. I just wondered if anyone has experienced this? I was planning to stop my Crestor for 3 months to see if it makes a difference in my A1C. My physician agreed on this plan, but doubts I will see much difference. The studies are inconclusive about the effect of statins on blood glucose.
    Thanks for your comments!

  2. MarkM

    This another case of your mileage-may-vary. For some people it makes a difference, but for most it doesn't. Having said that, as you are borderline T2, it makes sense to avoid everything that could push you over the edge. The benefits of statins are questionable anyway. Also get regular exercise and reduce carbs to help maintain insulin sensitivity.

  3. CalgaryDiabetic

    Why risk aggravating the diabetes by taking something that is of dubious value. with an A1c of 6.4% you are a mild diabetic and believe me aggravating the diabetes is not a fun thing to do.

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