Statin Use Raises Risk of Diabetes


An estimated 38.6 million Americans are on a statin. Global sales of statins is a $30 billion industry. According to some sources stains are so important for our health that we all should take them to prevent heart problems. I don’t buy that garbage by the way. What is troubling about statins is they are viewed as worth the risk, including this new evidence that statin use raises risk of diabetes.

Would you be ok with developing type 2 diabetes as a direct result of taking a statin? I mean they have other drugs you can take to manage your type 2 diabetes so that’s ok, right? This study, found that there was a 36%  increased risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, falling to 27% after taking into account baseline risk factors and clinical criteria used to determine the need for statins. The findings are consistent with previous studies suggesting that statin use substantially increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. This isn’t a maybe there is an increased risk study, this is a study confirming previous studies that indicate there is a risk for type 2 diabetes due to taking a statin.

A previous study of more than 8700 Finnish men aged 45 to 73 years showed that over 6 years of statins therapy were linked to a 46% increased risk of type 2 diabetes — more than double prior estimates. This was followed by recent data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Womens Health , which indicated that, among almost 8400 women aged 76 to 82 years, the risk of new-onset diabetes ranged from 17% with the lowest statin doses to 51% with the highest doses. These are good studies which look at a statistically significant number of participants over multiple years. This is more than a casual relationship, the evidence shows a direct cause-effect between stain use and type 2 diabetes.

I don’t think the benefit of a statin outweighs all of the risks, and there are more than just a risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If you are given the option of taking a statin, it makes sense to look at all of your options before taking that pill. I am not an expert on nutrition, I go to other sources I trust to help me make informed decisions. A great source, I trust, is Here is a direct link to one of their most recent posts on statins.

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