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Statins May Increase the Chance of Diabetes in Women

A recent study has found that there is new evidence that statins could increase women’s risk for type 2 diabetes.

Statins, often called wonder drugs, are medicines taken to lower cholesterol levels. Zocor, Lipitor, and Crestor are the most popular of these medications that reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Tens of millions of Americans take these medications, but a recent study that followed over 150,000 women over the age of 50, with and without heart disease, found that those taking statin drugs had a 48 percent greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Doctors say that don’t know why statins increase diabetes and that the research does not implicate any single brand. These findings seem to confirm prior smaller studies.

Now, I’m not saying that anyone should panic and stop taking their medication since heart disease is one of the major complications of diabetes, but the risk is certainly something to consider and, ultimately, discuss with your doctor. Does the benefit outweigh the risk? It will depend on the patient.