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Diabetes

22 June 2011

High-dose statins raise risk of diabetes

Taking a high-dose statin to lower cholesterol may increase risk of developing diabetes by as much as 12%, but the heart benefits of statins still outweigh the risks.

Taking a high-dose statin to lower cholesterol may increase risk of developing diabetes by as much as 12%, but the heart benefits of statins still outweigh the risks, investigators say.

While both drugs raise the risk of diabetes, high-dose Lipitor worked far better than generic Zocor at cutting heart risks, the team reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

 

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