Statins Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Complications… What Next?

| December 4, 2014

The statin ‘wonder drug’ story is slowly but surely unfolding and from where I’m sitting (along with countless other statin users) it’s beginning to look more and more like a horrible nightmare.

Unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies have been trying to tout the use of these side effect-ridden drugs for almost every ailment on the planet. Here’s just a few:

  • Cognitive improvement, when in fact memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion are listed as side effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.
  • Cancer prevention, however the jury is still out on this one because the current evidence is wafer-thin.
  • Reducing heart attack risk, when in fact there is no direct link between high cholesterol and the increased risk of heart attacks. So, the reduction of cholesterol with statin drugs has no purpose other than to reduce cholesterol. (And our regular readers know that cholesterol is not the villain it is made out to be, so taking statins is pointless.)

The latest trick Big Pharma has pulled out of its hat is to make the ‘promise’ that these dangerous drugs might prevent type 2 diabetes complications.

Previously, we’ve told you how the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded its warning against statin drugs after it was found that statin users have an increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of type 2 diabetes.

So, no matter what Big Pharma promises, my logic tells me that if a drug increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, it most certainly can’t prevent complications from type 2 diabetes.

However, putting my logic aside for one moment here’s what researchers claim to have found in support of Big Pharma’s latest statin claim: They combed through medical records of more than 60,000 adults and found that statin users were less likely to suffer diabetes-related gangrene, retina damage, and nerve damage compared to diabetes patients who didn’t use statins.

Now, if I knew nothing about the dangers of stain drugs, then those findings sound pretty amazing.

They’re not.

Here’s how this study falls apart at the seams:

First, the participants of the study were tracked for less than three years. That’s a very short period of time. Very few people reverse type 2 diabetes completely. Even if they succeed to improve their health significantly, there will always be the looming risk of the damages mentioned above, along with other diabetes complications, for the rest of their lives.

If the researchers tracked patients for five years, ten years, two decades and came up with the same results, then there will be something to write home about… but not after less than 3 years.

Secondly, the researchers said that they “tested the hypothesis that individuals taking a statin before a diagnosis of diabetes might be at increased risk of developing microvascular complications.”

Put plainly, the participants were using statins BEFORE their type 2 diagnosis… and their risk of “microvascular complications” increased.

That means that some of the people who were supposedly saved from diabetes complications might very well have developed diabetes BECAUSE of their statin use!

Knowing what we know about their effects on blood sugar, that wouldn’t be at all surprising.

Whatever you do, if you are diabetic and your doctor uses these results (minus the glaring flaws) to persuade you to start taking statins, just say ‘No’.

To read more about how statin drugs are more like to give you diabetes than to save you from a heart attack, click here:

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Statins Found to Prevent Diabetes Complications, healthday.com

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  1. Gerald Sutliff says:

    My mother took a “statin” drug for 10 years over my protests. Her doctor took her off statin, I guess he read the newspaper, about 3 years ago. Mother died about two months ago at 100 years of age. Her liver became “very sick” (her doctor’s words). Of course she had memory problems too which I suspect was caused by the statin regime.

    I can’t help wondering how long she would have lived were it not for statin.

    Keep up the good work.

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