Statins Increase The Risk Of Diabetes By 46%

| April 2, 2015

It’s the basic rule of medicine: “First do no harm.” However, that doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to Big Pharma’s bestselling ‘wonder drugs’, like Crestor and Lipitor.

A shocking new study from Finland found that taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, like Lipitor and Crestor, will increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by a whopping 46 per cent.

The researchers looked at almost 9,000 men — ones who didn’t have diabetes at the start — but who were taking a statin drug. And they also adjusted the numbers for family history of diabetes, weight, and other drugs they were taking, as well as their activity level.

The researchers added that this 46 per cent increase was the “largest” diabetes risk seen so far with statins.

Think about it — close to 50 per cent of the millions of people taking these drugs every day will have diabetes as a result.

The research also uncovered two of the reasons why statins have such a dramatic impact on the risk of diabetes. Not only do statin drugs decrease insulin production, but they also throw the natural way your body processes insulin out of whack. It’s a lose-lose situation, with diabetes as the likely result.

But before doctors with strong ties to Big Pharma start to come out of the woodwork, dismissing the results of this study, you need to know about the other pieces to this puzzle.

According to the results from another recent study from the Netherlands, cholesterol actually protects us against getting diabetes! So it makes perfect sense that lowering cholesterol to ridiculously low levels can have just the opposite effect.  The researchers also found that those who have a genetic tendency for high cholesterol have a 38 per cent lower risk of becoming diabetic.

It’s also known that statins have a diabolical ability to rob your body of two very valuable nutrients — ones that are vital in maintaining normal blood-sugar levels.

One is vitamin D. In order for your body to convert sunlight to vitamin D, you need proper levels of cholesterol. The next is CoQ10, a nutrient that plays a very important job in keeping blood glucose levels stable.

And it’s well known by now that Lipitor and all the other statins deplete CoQ10 levels.

However, since statin drugs are the biggest pharma cash cow ever it’s not surprising that a so-called expert from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine immediately responded to the results of the Finnish study by saying: “People who are taking statins should keep taking statins…. the risk is outweighed by their benefit.”

But there’s really no way anyone can say that because the list of risks associated with statin drugs keeps getting longer all the time. And the benefits remain questionable at best.

I’m sure that for the millions of diabetics, ones whose diabetes was caused by these drugs, all this news may come a little too late.

There is, however, something good to report: It’s possible that if you’ve recently become diabetic while taking statin drugs, you just might be able to reverse it over time..

But first, you’ll have to ditch the Lipitor… and all the other statin drugs out there. And do it hopefully before you find yourself with prescription for those risky diabetes drugs.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone’s personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


Sources:

“Largest risk for diabetes with statins yet seen, in new study” Liam Davenport, March 4, 2015, Medscape, Medscape.com


“High cholesterol LOWERS the risk of diabetes: New study reveals why taking statins may be harmful” Jenny Hope, March 10, 2015, The Daily Mail, dailymail.co.uk

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Comments (5)

Testimonials are based on the personal experience of individuals. Results are not typical and the potential benefits of taking any drug or supplement may vary depending on your individual needs and health requirements. Please consult your GP before making any changes to your medical regimen.

  1. Linda says:

    I as a person that took statins both Lipator and crestor,,found it cause me bed nightmares and I was so tired I couldn’t walk,then a few years later,i got a blood work up and I was diabetic , had gained weight ,was very emotional all the time , dizzy,lack of energy and motivation, so Yes, I completely agree with everything in this website,stay away for statins,or you will end up a lot worse off.Linda

  2. Sam Juett MD says:

    where are your citations? As a former simvastatin patient I’m extremely interested in this. I quit taking the drug 2 weeks ago after having taken it for 10 years. I stopped as a result of your email message, so, as a result, I have a personal investment in learning more from the original studies.

  3. chuck donelli says:

    i am on statin drugs for cholesterol and am now having an issue with high blood sugar what would be an alternative drug to take as for not having diabetes 2?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Chuck,

      We can’t make any personal recommendations (and certainly won’t recommend pharmaceutical drugs as these all have negative side effects). The best advice is to work with a doctor skilled in alternative medicine who can design a treatment regime that suits your individual needs.

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