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Which effect do statins have on diabetes?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Although statin therapy is associated with a slightly increased risk of developing diabetes, the risk is comparatively low when compared with the benefits to heart and circulatory health of taking statins. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs prescribed to patients to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke. 

Having high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (known as ‘bad’ cholesterol) can increase the risk of these conditions. People with Type 2 diabetes commonly have higher cholesterol levels. People with diabetes are already at greater risk of heart attacks and stroke, so they are often prescribed statins to help lower their cholesterol levels and reduce the risk.

However, some studies have found that giving statins to people who don’t have diabetes can increase the risk of developing the condition.