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Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Increase Risk For Diabetes

EmaxHealth Health News

By Robin Wulffson MD for eMaxHealth.com

Cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) such as Lipitor and Crestor are commonly prescribed for patients with elevated low density lipoproteins (“bad cholesterol”) and those with cardiovascular disease. Recently these drugs have come under scrutiny because of increasing evidence that they increase one’s susceptibility to diabetes.

Because of the growing evidence, the US Food and Drug Administration made a requirement last February that manufacturers of statins should place a warning of this increased risk on their labels. A new study set out to evaluate that increased risk. It found that statins increased the risk of diabetes; however, it also was found to have some benefits. The study was published on August 9 in the journal The Lancet.

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