We now know that a high-dosed statin can increase your risk of getting diabetes. What are the risks? New study shows increased risk of diabetes with high-dose statin medication albeit only 2 per 1000 patient-years. Studies, though, showed that there is less risk of vascular disease, decreasing incidents by 6 per 1000 patient-years. This shows that benefit may outweigh the risks.
To check for diabetes, fasting blood sugar (under 100 is normal) should be checked yearly. A comprehensive metabolic panel (which has a blood sugar in it) is obtained yearly anyway to make sure that your body can effectively break down the statin.
Here is the study. . .
Risk of Incident Diabetes With Intensive-Dose Compared With Moderate-Dose Statin Therapy, June 22/29, 2011, Preiss et al. 305 24: 2556 — JAMA.
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