Statin-type cholesterol medications are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the pharmacy. Brands such as Crestor and Lipitor and generic drugs like simvastatin, lovastatin and pravastatin rack up billions of dollars in sales each year. Such medications are especially helpful for people who are at high risk of heart disease. That includes individuals with type-2 diabetes. A new study in The Lancet suggests, however, that statins may increase the likelihood of developing type-2 diabetes. The risk is not high, about 9 percent. The investigators conclude that the benefits of statin treatment outweigh the risks of diabetes. Nevertheless, patients and phsycians should be aware that statins can affect metabolism and raise blood sugar.
[The Lancet, online, Feb. 17, 2010]

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  1. GPG

    I am surprised to NOT see any discussion regarding the issue of congestive heart failure, and its (via long term usage) relationship to statin consumption. Additionally, has anyone had MD advice re “CoQ10”, Alpha Lipoic Acid, L-Carnitine, D-Ribose, etc. for supplementation to a statin regimen.

  2. RSH

    An alternative for diabetics- and others: Welchol. Not a statin and studies show it also helps lower blood glucose levels.

  3. Ken C.

    I found that Lovastatin enhanced the anti-clotting by Coumadin/Warfarin. All the statins I have tried cause muscular weakness and annoying pains in the elbow and and shoulder joints. Since I have only one kidney, I also found that Crestor (at least a statin family member) could cause kidney disease. Statins must be used with such side effects being reported to the prescribing doctor to ensure patient safety and comfort.

  4. mike n.

    How do statins affect people like me who are already diagnosed and being treated for type 2 diabetes?

  5. Gail D.

    My husband has been taking statins for years. It took him years to find one that lowered his cholesterol enough and also didn’t give him bad side effects. Finally about 2 or 3 years ago he began taking Crestor, and about 2 years ago he was found to have Type 2 Diabetes. Is it possible that if he got off of his Crestor the diabetes would go away?

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