Statin Drugs Increase Your Risk Of Developing Diabetes By 87%

| June 11, 2015

Recently, I told you about how cholesterol-lowering statins can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This risk is so alarming that even the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a warning about it on all statin drug labels, back in 2012.

However, as study after study produces alarming results and dire warnings against statin drugs, all the drug companies and their mainstream cronies can produce are excuses… and deadbeat phrases like “the benefits of taking statin drugs outweigh the risks”.

In the case of the diabetes risk, Big Pharma argues that many patients on statin drugs are elderly… or sick… or maybe would have developed diabetes anyway.

Now new research out of Texas is the final smoking gun — and it’s pointing straight at every statin drug on the market.

This latest study is the first to show (without a doubt!) that statins may be turning thousands of healthy people into diabetics. And the risk may be twice as serious as we were ever led to believe.

Researchers from the University of Texas South-western poured through records until they found 26,000 patients who were all free from heart disease, diabetes, and any other chronic health condition. These patients were what the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Ishak Mansi, called “a very healthy population.”

Sadly, they didn’t stay that way for long.

The researchers found that once patients started taking statins, their chances of developing new-onset diabetes skyrocketed by 87 per cent! That’s nearly twice the 46 per cent risk reported in a previous study out of Finland.

The cases of diabetes Dr. Mansi and his colleagues discovered were some of the most serious and hard to manage that you’ll find anywhere. In fact, taking a statin increased the risk of diabetes complications — which can include nerve damage, vision loss, kidney failure, and heart disease — by 250 per cent.

Patients taking statins were even more likely to gain weight. The higher the dose, the more pounds they packed on.

We’ve been told for years that statins can lower our cholesterol and help prevent heart problems. So how can they be linked to obesity and diabetes — two of the largest risk factors for cardiovascular disease?

The truth is, statin makers have been lying to us about the heart benefits of their drugs. The numbers they push rely on little more than carnival tricks.

When researchers from the University of South Florida analysed the data from statin trials to see if the drugs were truly good for your heart, they found evidence that Big Pharma has been cooking the books.

For example, we’ve been told that the Jupiter trial for Crestor (one of the bestselling statin drugs in the world) proved that the drug could reduce your chance of having a heart attack by 54 per cent. But the Jupiter researchers used something called “relative risk reduction” — a statistical model designed to make the drug look good, even when the benefits are barely measurable.

However, when the researchers crunched those same Jupiter numbers using a more rigorous model, they could hardly find any evidence that Crestor helps your heart.

The researchers said: “Statin advocates have used statistical deception to create the illusion that statins are ‘wonder drugs’.” To make sure that happened, the data was manipulated not only to inflate the benefits, but also to downplay the adverse effects.

Yet another reason to avoid taking statins.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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“Statins strongly linked to increased diabetes risk” May 8, 2015, Business Standard, business-standard.com

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