Statin: Risks vs. Benefits

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Although drugs to control cholesterol come with a risk of developing diabetes, a new report suggests the drugs' benefits likely outweigh that risk.

Statins are widely used to lower cholesterol, but can also increase the risk for type II diabetes.

Now researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston say further analysis on the drug shows that increased likelihood may only apply to patients who already had other risk factors for diabetes.

Even among those patients, they were 39 percent less likely to develop heart disease while on statins.

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