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Statins: Study Sheds Light on Worrying Side Effect – and the Risk Increases With Dosage


Statins can cause a small increase in blood sugar levels, which may mean that people who take them and are already at high risk of diabetes may develop the condition sooner, a sweeping new review has found.

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Multiple studies already show that patients taking statins are at risk of developing diabetes. Research suggests the drugs may increase this risk by one-third and potentially even double it. For patients already diagnosed with diabetes, recent research associates statins with significant progression of the disease.

But diabetes is far from being the only side effect faced by statin users. Other studies show that these drugs increase the risk of developing muscle pain, fatigue, cognitive impairment, and peripheral nerve damage. They are also associated with an increased risk of breast, prostate, lung, and other cancers.

Moreover, not only did a comprehensive review of the scientific literature published in 2008 confirm many of these links, it noted additional associations with heart problems, strokes, sexual dysfunction, thyroid problems, kidney disease, behavioral disorders, neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune diseases, pancreatic problems, liver disease, skin problems, gastrointestinal problems, psychiatric problems, sleep problems, and other negative effects on health.

To learn more about the dangers of statins, see this article on our website.