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Monday, January 09, 2012

Medical News: Statins Up Diabetes Risk in Older Women - in Primary Care, Diabetes from MedPage Today (2nd article)



Action Points

  • This study found that older women who take statins may be at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Note that the risk was seen with all types of statins.
"Older women who take statins may be at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, researchers found.

In an analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative, postmenopausal women who were on a statin at study entry had almost a 50% greater risk of diabetes than those who weren't on the cholesterol-lowering drugs, Yunsheng Ma, MD, PhD, of the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, and colleagues reported online in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"This study urges us to further evaluate the risk-benefit profile of statins," Ma told MedPage Today, adding that the ratio will likely vary by patient population....."

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