- The links between statin drugs and increasing risks of heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome keep piling up. We have known that statins deplete CoQ10, a potent antioxidant and needed for energy creation in the mitochondria, as well as critical or muscle health.
- This past year we have seen that statin drugs can inhibit the body’s production and utilization of Vitamin K2 to prevent arterial calcification.
- Just recently researchers at Tulane University have discovered that statin drugs prematurely age stem cells, diminishing their ability to grow and differentiate.
- Past research has shown post-menopausal women taking certain types of statins had a 48% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
…And Now, a database study of nearly 26,000 beneficiaries of Tricare, the military health system, shows those taking statin drugs to control their cholesterol were 87 percent more likely to develop diabetes.
This kind of makes it official, don’t you think, that statin drugs should be properly and adequately assessed for the individual, and not used in a one size fits all approach of treatment.
The study, reported online April 28, 2015, in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, is among the first to show the connection in a relatively healthy group of people. The study included only people who at baseline were free of heart disease, diabetes, and other severe chronic disease. Thus…statin drugs can make you sick!
“In our study, statin use was associated with a significantly higher risk of new-onset diabetes, even in a very healthy population,” says lead author Dr. Ishak Mansi. “The risk of diabetes with statins has been known, but up until now it was thought that this might be due to the fact that people who were prescribed statins had greater medical risks to begin with.”
- In the study, statin use was also associated with a “very high risk of diabetes complications,” says Mansi. “This was never shown before.” Among 3,351 pairs of similar patients–part of the overall study group–those patients on statins were 250 percent more likely than their non-statin-using counterparts to develop diabetes with complications.
- Statin users were also 14 percent more likely to become overweight or obese after being on the drugs.
- The study also found that the higher the dose of any of the statins, the greater the risk of diabetes, diabetes complications, and obesity.
The researchers examined patient records for the period between October 2003 and March 2012.
This study shows that heart disease prevention has to be beyond lipid management, as well as to assess every person individually and track ALL of their metabolic numbers carefully.
When will this madness of blanket prescribing statin drugs stop?