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Statins May Seriously Increase Diabetes Risk

Doctors may have to weigh a serious potential risk before prescribing statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs that are among most prescribed drugs in America. In a study published in Diabetologia, scientists from Finland found that men prescribed statins to lower their cholesterol had a 46% greater chance of developing diabetes after six years compared to those who weren't taking the drug.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Now that statins are almost all off-patent, the untold secrets of their numerous side-effects are beginning to leak out. The most likely reason that statins increase diabetes is their ability to increase arachidonic acid that generates leukotrienes that are known to cause destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.

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