by Greg White, News Target
Healthy patients taking statins have a significantly higher risk of developing diabetes and diabetic complications, according to a new study.
The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in May 2015, assessed 982 statin users and 21,988 non users over the decade using a database. They discovered that statin users had higher incidences of weight gain and diabetes.
In particular, statin users were more likely than non-users to develop eye, nerve and kidney complications. Pofessor Ishak Mansi, heart specialist at the University of Texas who headed the study claimed, “Our findings are alarming” and that the results were never demonstrated before.”
Statins are a widely prescribed class of drugs that are intended to lower “bad” cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart problems. However, statins have come under attack in recent years after a study found that the drugs cause debilitating side-effects.
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