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My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Statins increase the risk of acute pancreatitis by 44%

This study was published in Aliment Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2006 Jan 1;23(1):185-90

Study title and authors:
Statins and the risk of acute pancreatitis: a population-based case-control study.
Thisted H, Jacobsen J, Munk EM, Nørgaard B, Friis S, McLaughlin JK, Sørensen HT, Johnsen SP.
Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark.

This study can be accessed at:

The aim of the study was to examine if statins are associated with risk of acute pancreatitis. The study included 2,576 patients with acute pancreatitis and 25,817 controls from the general population.

The study found that statin users had a 44% increased risk of pancreatitis.