NBC Nightly News and MSNBC reported just hours ago that a new, 10-year study by the US government’s Women’s Health Initiative shows that statins (the cholesterol-lowering Rx drugs like Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor) may cause Type 2 diabetes in women over 50. Here are 2 key paragraphs from an MSNBC.com online article, Statins Linked with Small Diabetes Risk:
“A new side effect seems to be emerging for those cholesterol-lowering wonder drugs called statins: They may increase some people’s chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.” “But more and more doctors are urging otherwise healthy people to use the pills as a way to prevent heart disease. For them, the findings add another potential complication as they consider whether to tackle their cholesterol with diet and exercise alone or add a medication.”
Watch the video here – in it, Brian Williams states, ‘women who take Lipitor or other statin drugs for cholesterol have an approaching 50% greater chance of developing diabetes.’ That is scary indeed – suggesting, at minimum, caution for women who take Lipitor or other statins as a preventative measure.
Of course this does NOT mean that if you take a statin that you should stop – if you have concerns, call your doctor. But for those of us trying to lower cholesterol without statins, this adds fuel to the fire…and hopefully some motivation to keep working at lowering cholesterol with diet and exercise. This is breaking news – I’ll be doing more research and posting here as I learn more but wanted to get this out as soon as possible. If you have questions or comments, please comment here or on the Going Lo-Co Facebook or Twitter pages.