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Statin Drugs in the News Again…Increasing Risk of Diabetes in Women

Stunning new study findings from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) were released in January 2012 linking Statin drug use with an almost 50% increased risk of type II Diabetes in post-menopausal women.

6.4% of post-menopausal women who were not taking statin drugs developed diabetes, while it rose to 9.9% for those taking statins, a 48% increase.

Statin drugs were the number one prescribed drug in 2011, with Americans spending $19 billion on this class of drugs last year. Statins are even approved for use in children with high cholesterol who are as young as 8 years old. These drugs are prescribed more and more as a preventive to healthy people who do not even have high cholesterol or other risk factors. The wisdom of that is certainly under fire in light of these new findings.

Some people with very high risk of a heart incident may likely require these medications. Anyone taking statin drugs should be monitored closely for side effects and have regular testing for liver function and blood sugar levels.

I absolutely love working with people who have high cholesterol and want to bring it down to normal with diet and lifestyle changes. Of course it is not ever easy to make changes, but most of my clients have been able to reverse this abnormal condition in 30-60 days and have been stunned at their results. Even some of their physicians have been pleased and complimentary of what they accomplished without drugs.

I have written about statin drugs and high cholesterol at least 4-5 times in the last few years. See the HealthNews Bytes archives for previous articles.