Statins play a small role in diabetes

Statins play a small role in diabetes

Several studies have confirmed that taking a statin, such as simvastatin, is associated with a higher risk of developing diabetes. The risk is particularly high in people like yourself, with a normal BMI, below 25. In a recent review, the risk over several years of developing diabetes was about 6.4 percent in people not on statins, and about 10 percent in people taking statins. This suggests that about one person in 28 taking a statin will develop diabetes due to the statin. Stopping it probably will not reverse the diabetes. On the other hand, statins reduce the risk of heart attack, death and stroke in people at high risk for these conditions.

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