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Can Statins Cause Diabetes?

Statins may increase your risk of type 2 diabetes by 46 percent, a new study finds. Finnish researchers tracked the health of nearly 9,000 men, none of whom had diabetes at the beginning of the study. But after six years, those who took Zocor or Lipitor were significantly more likely to develop the disease than the guys who weren't on a cholesterol-lowering drug.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

The risk of diabetes with statins is real.  It is not clear the benefits of statins in heart disease are all that great compared to diet and exercise. Heart disease mortality has been dropping in a linear fashion since 1972.  Statins were introduced in 1994.  There was no great increase in the reduction of heart disease mortality with the use of statins.  The biggest reason for the reduction of heart disease mortality has been the reduction of smoking.

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