Patients taking statins face a higher risk of type 2 diabetes

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Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline Millions of patients who take cholesterol-busting statins may be at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, a study suggests. The life-saving pills are proven to lower the risk of heart disease – but are controversial among the medical community because of their potential side effects. And researchers have now added to the scientific row that has dragged on for years, after discovering patients on the drugs face a third higher risk of type 2 diabetes. Roughly six million people in Britain are thought to take statins and it is estimated that up to 30million people take the pills in the US. The life-saving pills are proven to lower the risk of heart disease – but are controversial among the medical community because of their potential side effects Scientists at the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands analysed data from 9,535 patients over the age of 45 prescribed statins. Professor Bruno Stricker and colleagues tracked each of the participants for up to 15 years, to assess if the drugs are linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. Read more here >>>

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