Statins increase blood glucose levels and weight gain

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A new study has produced strong evidence that statins(anti-cholesterol therapy) can lead to increased weight gain and a modest increase in Type 2 Diabetes risk, but the benefits of statins still outweigh the risks says the experts. The study was published by a team of researchers from the¬†University College London’s Institute of Cardiovascular Science.

Scientists analysed genetic data from up to 220,000 people and results from 130,000 participants of previous statin trials.

They found patients taking statins had a 12% increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes over a four year period and gained around 8 ounces of weight on average. While the benefits of staying on statins still outweigh the risks, it is imperative according to the researchers that a healthy lifestyle & weight should be maintained while on statin therapy. Clinical guidelines and advice on statin therapy will remain the same as researchers view these risks as low to moderate.

The findings are published in the latest online edition of The Lancet medical journal.