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Jun 12, 2015

Statins can Increase Your Risk For Diabetes by 50 Percent!

New research  supported by the Academy of Finland, the Finnish Diabetes Research Foundation, the Finnish Cardiovascular Research Foundation, the Strategic Research Funding from the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, and a grant from Kuopio University Hospital states that statins can increase one’s risk for type two diabetes by 46%. The authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. The majority of people in this new study were taking atorvastatin and simvastatin.  In this study, the researchers investigated the effects of statin treatment on blood glucose control and the risk for type 2 diabetes in 8749 nondiabetic men 45 to 73 years old in a 6-year follow-up based in Kuopio, Finland. Diabetes was diagnosed via an oral glucose tolerance test, glycoslated hemoglobin levels of 6.5% or higher (48 mmol/mol). The follow up showed out of 2412 individuals taking statins  625 of the participants were diagnosed with diabetes. Atorvastatin and simvastatin were associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes even after adjustment for age, body mass index, waist circumference, physical activity, smoking, alcohol intake, a family history of diabetes, and beta-blocker and diuretic treatment, at a hazard ratio (HR) of 1.46.
Patients are put on statins to prevent heart disease yet they are increasing their risk for diabetes which increases one’s risk for heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and neuropathy.  Other side effects of statin drugs include dementia, high liver enzymes, muscle pain, low teststerone and asthma. Again there is no magic bullet when it comes to treating any disease.  Most chronic disease such as high cholesterol is diet and lifestyle related.  Many individuals feel that they eat healthy and do not know why they have high cholesterol.  But in reality they do not eat healthy.  So what is the point of taking a drug which can cause a bigger health problem such as diabetes.  Many of our drugs actually have worse side effects then the health issues that they are treating.

Dr. Wiancek is a naturopathic doctor and owner of the Riverwalk Natural Health Clinic & Pharmacy working in the valley for seventeen years.  She believes we can all reach optimal health with dietart and lifetstyle changes.  Her web-site Wiancek@healthref.com and phone number 970-926-7606.