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    Statins Linked to Raised Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
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    atti_editor posted:
    "Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may significantly increase a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study from Finland suggests.

    Researchers found that statins were associated with an almost 50 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even after adjusting for other factors."


    Read the article above for more information.



    I know that statins are a bit of a hot-button topic here. What are your thoughts on this study's findings?
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    iride6606 responded:
    I actually posted these findings when they we first published a few weeks back. It sounds like a huge increase, especially when it's stated as a 46% increase of risk. This is a 46% increase of a very small number. Here's the reality;


    Fact: the risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) with statin therapy is small, resulting in 1 additional case of T2DM for every 255 patients receiving statins for 4 years.


    Here's what the author says about the increase;


    "Even if statin treatment is increasing the risk of getting diabetes, statins are very effective in reducing cardiovascular risk.


    "Therefore I wouldn't make a conclusion from my study that people should stop statin treatment, especially those patients who have a history of myocardial infarction or so on.


    "But what I would say is that people who are at the higher risk, if they are obese, if they have diabetes in the family, etc, should try to lower their statin dose, if possible, because high-dose statin treatment increases the risk vs lower-dose statin treatment,"


    There will be some that try to make more out of this than what the author states, not as big a deal as the headline would indicate but there are those that would look past the facts and the author's conclusion and intent to jump right on the headline. This is really about dosage guidelines and nothing more.


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