I have come across several websites and articles lately indicating a risk between developing type 2 diabetes and taking statin drugs.
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Mentioned in the Jan 9th Archives Of Internal Medicine 154,000 women were involved in the study. The study started in 1993 and the average age of women in the study was 63 and 7% of them were taking statin drugs. By the year 2005, more than 10,200 had developed diabetes. The article goes on to say that women taking statin drugs had 1.5X higher chance of developing diabetes.
It further states that women on statins should check with their doctor's to determine IF then need to be on statins and evaluate the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and to see if their statin dose could possibly be lowered. At the same time the study results indicated that the women should stay on the statins, as there are many factors influencing the development of type 2 diabetes including diet and exercise habits, weight control, etc.
Anne Culver who is a contributing author and pharmacist with the University Of Massachusetts Medical School indicates that "Statins may be a contributing factor to the way the body manages insulin and glucose responses".
(MY INPUT) - I have not found a link to this study for MEN, however it makes me wonder, since I was on Lipitor and Tricor both a few years ago and there was a HOST of side effects involving those two drugs. For women I think it is a good thing to know and they should be checking with their Diabetic doctor concerning the statin drugs and dose age they might be on and factor in the length of time they have been taking statins. They should also take steps to control their diet and weight better, and follow other guidelines for type 2 diabetics as far as exercise and the latest research from a nutritional standpoint in controlling diabetes.
Psalm 103:3 KJV
"Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;"