Statin Drugs May Cause Diabetes

Medical alert from 

Physicians committee for responsible medicine/

People taking statin drugs to lower cholesterol may be at risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a recent meta-analysis published in Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. The investigators analyzed 20 studies, which together included more than 1,000 subjects, and found that individuals taking statins had a 44 percent increased risk for developing diabetes, compared with those not taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs. Similar results have been published from other shorter term studies. The risk appears to increase with longer use and higher dosages.

Casula M, Mozzanica F, Scotti L, et al. Statin use and risk of new-onset diabetes: a meta-analysis of observational studies. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. Published online March 10, 2017. doi:10.1016/j.numecd.2017.03.001.