The raison d'etre of this website is to provide you with hard scientific information which may help you make informed decisions in your quest for health (so far I have blogged concise summaries of over 1,500 scientific studies and have had three books published).

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

Friday, 10 January 2014

Statins increase risk of diabetes by 32% in patients with impaired glucose tolerance

This study was published in the British Medical Journal 9 December 2013;347:f6745 

Study title and authors:
Role of diuretics, β blockers, and statins in increasing the risk of diabetes in patients with impaired glucose tolerance: reanalysis of data from the NAVIGATOR study
Lan Shen
 
This study can be accessed at: http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f6745?rss=1
 
The objective of this study was to examine the association of various drugs in patients with impaired glucose tolerance with new onset diabetes. The study lasted five years and included 9,306 patients. (If you have impaired glucose tolerance, your blood glucose is raised beyond the normal range but it is not so high that you have diabetes. However, if you have impaired glucose tolerance you are at risk of developing diabetes).
 
Regarding statins, the study found that statin use was associated with a 32% increased risk of new onset diabetes.