New health ALERT: Statins raise risk of diabetes by 30%
Long-term use of the cholesterol-busting pills was linked with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes of up to 30 per cent.
Statins, which cost just a few pence, are the most commonly prescribed drugs in Britain, with six million people taking them.
But they are controversial because they have been linked with causing muscle weakness. Other patients have complained of muscle aches, memory loss, kidney problems and sleep disturbance.
Doctors last night urged people prescribed statins to continue with their medication but warned that they should take extra steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce their diabetes risk.
Symptoms of diabetes
Fri, August 19, 2016
Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 500,000 who are living undiagnosed with the condition.
In the first study of its kind, researchers focused on the development of diabetes among more than 3,200 statin users.
Over 10 years, statin use was linked to a 36 per cent increased risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, falling to 27 per cent after taking into account other risk factors.
More than four million Britons have type 2 diabetes and 12 million more are at risk of developing it.
The condition can lead to blindness, amputation of limbs, heart disease and stroke. Pav Kalsi, senior clinical adviser at Diabetes UK, said: “Statins can significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke, so it is important that people who have been prescribed statins continue to take them.
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