Statins – Secret Double Edged Sword

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In a large recent study, statin drug therapy appears to increase the risk for type 2 diabetes by 46%. The greater the drug dosage, the increased likelihood of the diabetes. This is a higher risk than had been previously reported. Statins are a widely used class of medications for reducing cholesterol and have been shown to lower the incidence of heart disease. Since the probability of acquiring diabetes goes up with higher doses, patients should work with their physicians to use the lowest possible doses of the statin and avoid obesity.

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