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Statins Good for Heart Health, But Bad for Diabetes?

Reuters reports that while statins may be beneficial for lowering cholesterol, taking too high of a dose may actually increase a patient’s risk of developing diabetes, according to new research published in BMJ. Researchers looked at data collected from a cohort of 137,000 patients, all of whom were prescribed statins after being hospitalized for stroke, heart attack, or other major heart problems. They showed that “those prescribed a higher-potency statin were 15 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than those given lower dosages.” Thus, while taking high-dose statins has been shown to decrease the risk of a recurring cardiovascular event, physicians must balance those benefits with the risk of developing diabetes.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in BMJ.