The risk of developing diabetes is outweighed by the benefits patients can experience by taking statins, a new study has revealed.
Patients already at risk of diabetes become 39% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease while taking statins, although the likelihood of developing diabetes does increase, according to a study called Cardiovascular Benefits And Diabetes Risks Of Statin Therapy,: an analysis from the JUPITER trial, which has been published online in The Lancet.
Statins reduce cardiovascular disease by 52% in patients who are not at risk of diabetes.
Judy O’Sullivan, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said: “As with all drugs, statins bring both benefits and side effects. But statins can save lives.
“This analysis confirms that the benefits of taking statins far outweigh the side effects for the majority of people who need to take them, including those at increased risk of developing diabetes.
“If you’ve been prescribed statins, you should continue to take them. If you have any concerns about your medication, make sure you speak to your doctor.”
This study was published online in The Lancet.
- Ridker P M et al (2012) Cardiovascular benefits and diabetes risks of statin therapy in primary prevention: an analysis from the JUPITER trial. The Lancet. Published online 11 August 2012.