Are you on a statin? Will it give you diabetes?

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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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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