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Statins Linked To Raised Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may significantly increase a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study from Finland suggests. Researchers found that statins were associated with an almost 50 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even after adjusting for other factors. Statins appear to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in several ways, the researchers said. One is that the drugs can increase a person's insulin resistance, and the other is that the cholesterol-lowering drugs seem to impair the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin, according to the report. Commenting on the study, Dr. Ronald Goldberg, director of the Lipid Disorder Clinic and associate director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, said the researchers "show evidence that statins increased insulin resistance, and that the people who developed diabetes appeared to have less ability to respond to the insulin resistance by making more insulin." The study authors noted, however, that their research only found an association between statin use and diabetes risk. And since the study was limited to Continue reading >>

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  1. Chris_UK

    Hi, Hope you can help. I am a 41 yr old type 1 diabetic now being strongly advised by my doctor to start taking statins. Have heard some conflicting reports as to the side effects. Any thoughts would be really welcome.










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  2. Kelly_Rawlings

    I'm a 40-year-old type 1 and started a statin a couple of years ago. My LDL (bad) cholesterol was <100 from the effects of my diet, exercise, and genetics but my general practitioner said that studies have impressed him with the need to aim for <70 to help prevent heart disease. I have to admit, I should go check and see if the studies were of type 1s or type 2s!
    No side effects for me. The statins are quite expensive and are a long-term commitment. Because heart and stroke complications are of much more concern to me than the traditionally feared eye and limb complications and because I have insurance coverage, I've been following my doc's advice.

    Have you checked these threads?
    https://forum.tudiabetes.org/topics/should-i-start-taking-a-statin
    https://forum.tudiabetes.org/topics/statins-for-all-type-1s

  3. Betty_J

    Other then the usual statin side effects I'm not aware of any particularly targeted for Type 1s. Quite a few years ago I was on Lipitor and developed the usual side effects, leg pains and had to stop taking them. After Lipitor I tried all the other statins like Crestor etc and all affected my legs. So it's been a while since I've had statins.

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