Statins Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 46 Percent

A new research study, published to the journal Diabetologia, indicated that statin use results in a 46% increase in the risk of developing diabetes. The new findings are the result of a study performed by Professor Markku Laakso, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland, and colleagues.


Previous studies have shown that an increased risk of developing diabetes is associated with the use of statins as well. However, these previous studies were limited by the fact that many of the participants in the study were already at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The risk of diabetes for people in clinical trials is more likely to be different from that of the general population which makes the study’s results less comprehensive. In addition, the studies were also based on factors that had been self-reported by the patients.


For this study, the investigators look at the effects of statins on the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and the loss of control over blood sugar in non-diabetic men. The study drew from data from a 6-year follow-up of the population-based Metabolic Syndrome in Men (METSIM) study, based in Kuopio, Finland.


The researchers discovered that the patients that had been treated during the course of the study with statins had a 46% higher likelihood of developing diabetes than those patients that had not been treated with statin drugs. The researchers also believe that the findings indicate that there is a higher risk of diabetes among the general popular than has been previously reported.

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