CAN STATIN DRUGS USED TO TREAT HIGH CHOLESETROL CAUSE DIABETES?

Many Americans, obese and otherwise, have high levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL).  These high levels can contribute to heart disease.  The statin drugs lower LDL, and reduce heart attacks and strokes in high-risk patients.

However, they are not without risk.  They may produce muscle aches, liver abnormalities, but fortunately, rarely so.  On average, for people with high cholesterol and other risk factors, the benefits of statins far outweigh these risks.

Now a new study suggests that “Statin therapy is associated with a slightly increased risk of development of diabetes, but the risk is low both in absolute terms and when compared with the reduction in coronary events. Clinical practice…  should not change.”

Bottom line:  if you’re on statins, do not stop them!  But be aware…  medications cannot fix all the problems that a bad diet and a sedentary lifestyle produce.  Meds can help, but wouldn’t it be better to eat a diet that helped lower cholesetrol???

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Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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