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Statins can double risk of diabetes


Many ‘experts argue that everyone over 50 should take statins even if that person is healthy. New research suggests that even healthy people double their risk of diabetes from taking statins. Research from the VA North Texas Health System and the University of Texas Southwestern is very clear.

Researchers followed 26,000 people in the military. “In our study, statin use was associated with a significantly higher risk of new-onset diabetes, even in a very healthy population,” said lead author Ishak Mansi. “The risk of diabetes with statins has been known, but up until now it was thought that this might be due to the fact that people who were prescribed statins had greater medical risks to begin with.”

Healthy people taking statins had an 87% increased risk of diabetes. More worrying was that the risk of it being a disease with complications grew 250%.

If you are healthy, you don’t need statins in your life!

Ref: Journal of General Internal Medicine; April 28.