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THE 19th HOLE => Teh Tarik Tales => Topic started by: hassanb on December 26, 2011, 07:07:25 PM

Title: Cholesterol Drugs Can Bring On Diabetes
Post by: hassanb on December 26, 2011, 07:07:25 PM
Cholesterol-lowering medications such as Lipitor are popular among doctors because they work quickly and have relatively few side effects. However, a pair of research studies published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” has raised serious questions about the safety of statins.

The researchers found that those that regularly took statin drugs had a significantly higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes when compared to a similar group that treated their cholesterol with lifestyle changes. They found that statins upped diabetes risk by approximately 8 percent. Importantly, the individuals taking the highest doses of cholesterol-lowering meds were also at the highest risk of diabetes –a finding that confirms the connection.