High-dose statins ‘increase Type 2 diabetes risk’
However, experts said patients should still take the cholesterol-lowering drugs as the benefits in terms of reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes outweighed the risks.
In England about 200,000 people, mainly those who have already suffered a heart attack or stroke, take 80mg daily doses of simvastatin or atorvastatin.
Today’s study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), looked at almost 33,000 people on moderate or high-dose statins in five separate studies. None had diabetes to start with.
The researchers calculated that for every 498 people who took high-dose statins for a year, an extra person would develop diabetes than if they had taken moderate-dose statins.