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Statin Use Linked to Diabetes Mellitus Risk

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Morgan Cain3 years ago

A new study suggests that cholesterol lowering statins may result in an increase risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus.

About the Diabetes Mellitus High Risk

According to Food Consumer, a study conducted at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine showed a significant increase of type 2 diabetes mellitus in those who used the cholesterol lowering statins. 

Patients taking statins were 57 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes mellitus, and researchers noted that longer use of the statins was linked to a greater increase in the risk.

The study concluded that statin use was correlated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus, and the risk was greater among individuals with hypertension or cardiovascular disease.

Food Consumer also noted that another factor from previous studies showed the use of statins has been associated with a number of chronic diseases such as breast cancer, musculoskeletal conditions and muscle pain.

Detailed Findings of the Study

The following findings from the study are from Food Consumer:

  • The study was based from data collected from 2,016,094 individuals between the ages of 30 and 85. 
  • The subjects of the study were registered in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD).
  • The statin users started statin treatment in 1989 and continued on to 2009.  A follow up was conducted in 2011.
  • The study compared one statin user to five nonusers.  It was found that among the 430,890 statin users, 130,395 developed type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • This study was not a trial and could not prove that statin use was the cause for the increase in the risk of diabetes; however, the possibility cannot be excluded either.


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