LOL...poor kids. Ok well, another study has confirmed what previous studies had already determined--use of statin medications (e.g. Lipitor, Crestor, etc.) for cholesterol significantly increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The new data from the Women's Health Initiative suggests that the risk of diabetes is higher than what previous studies found, with the researchers reporting a 48% increased diabetes risk among the women taking the cholesterol-lowering medications.
The analysis included 153,840 postmenopausal women aged 50–79 years old. Information about statin use was obtained at enrollment and year three; the current analysis includes data up until 2005. At baseline, 7.0% of women were taking statins, with 30% of women taking simvastatin, 27% taking lovastatin, 22% taking pravastatin, 12.5% taking fluvastatin, and 8% taking atorvastatin. During the study period, 10,242 incident cases of diabetes were reported.
In an unadjusted risk model, statin use at baseline was associated with a 71% increased risk of diabetes. After adjusting for potential confounding variables, the risk of diabetes associated with statin therapy declined to 48%. The association was observed for all types of statins.
In my opinion, this link between statins and diabetes could be associated with the vitamin D deficiency that typically follows statin therapy. To review how statins work... they inhibit a key enzyme in the biochemical pathway in our liver that produces cholesterol. However, this same pathway is needed to produce CoQ10 and the precursor to vitamin D (which is why anyone taking a statin should be supplementing with CoQ10/ubiquinol and vitamin D3). The emphasis for diabetes being vitamin D. Here are some previous posts/studies on this topic:
- Vitamin D Improves β-Cell Function in Diabetes
- Vitamin D Cuts the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Diabetic? Take Vitamin D3
In my clinical experience, high cholesterol is one of the health conditions that respond best to an assortment of natural therapies. So if your doctor wants you to take statins, talk to me first. (Just joking...I'm not about to start treating people over the internet.)
- Vitamin D Reduces Muscle Pain and Inflammation from Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs
- Ubiquinol (Reduced CoQ10) Lowers Cholesterol Levels
- Chocolate may Improve Cholesterol Levels
- Dark Chocolate Reduces LDL (Bad) & Total Cholesterol
- B5 (as Pantethine) Lowers Cholesterol
- Probiotics Lower Cholesterol Levels
Source: Statin use and risk of diabetes mellitus in postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative
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