Previous studies have shown statin users are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, researchers at the University of Milan in Italy have discovered that risk to be greater than the original 9-13 increase percent first thought.
Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs widely prescribed in the U.S. but their effectiveness and safety are in question. The study results published in the online journal Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases showed statin users are actually at a 44 percent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes; and depending on the brand of statin, that number can go to as high as 61 percent.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects nearly 30 million Americans. It can cause a cascade of health issues leading to heart disease and blindness.
The review of data included 1,000 statin users and it seemed to indicate the risk of developing diabetes increases with the length of time statins are taken and the dose taken. The study authors encourage rigorous monitoring of patients that are taking statins, especially if they are pre-diabetic or exhibit established risk factors for developing diabetes.
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