This is a very interesting paper published in nutritional metabolism and cardiovascular disease in March of 2017. In a meta-analysis investigators looked at 20 studies which included a thousand subjects and found that people who were using statins had a 44% increased risk of developing diabetes compared to those who are not using the drug. Similar results have also been published from other shorter-term studies.
Developing diabetes from statin medications increases the longer the medication is used, and with higher doses. I have spoken extensively to patients on the use of statin medications to manage cholesterol. I will not even get into the whole issue of who should taking this drug to begin with. Many experts feel it is over prescribed. None-the-less this just adds to the argument that many people, if not most people, should not be using this very dangerous drug.
Lifestyle modification and healthy eating is clearly the way to go when it comes to managing cholesterol. Eliminating sugar and reducing carbohydrate consumption and adding healthy fats into the diet is your best insurance for protecting your heart. It’s ironic that we’re trying to protect people from heart disease and as a result of statin use they’re developing diabetes, which opens the door to not only heart disease, but many other complications.
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Source: Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. Published online March 10, 2017. doi:10.1016/j.numecd.2017.03.001.