|Posted on March 5, 2015 at 7:05 AM|
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that statins, drugs used to lower cholesterol levels, increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This is the conclusion that reserachers arrived at when they studied postmenopausal women participating in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI).
Women taking a statin drug at the beginning of the study had a 48% greater risk of developing diabetes compared with women who were not taking these drugs.
Statins are commonly prescribed by doctors to reduce blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. It is estimated that half of men ages 65-74, and 33% of women above the age of 75 take statin drugs.
Complications associated with statin drug use include headache, weakness, joint and muscle pain, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, lower legs or throat, and diarrhea. Statins can also damage your liver.
Eventhough your body makes cholesterol, most cases of elevated blood cholesterol are the result of eating the wrong foods. Animal-based foods, such as chicken and eggs, are culprits in raising choleserol levels.
Tp prevent heart attacks and strokes, wouldn't it be safer to eat foods that don't create cholesterol in the blood than to take these risky drugs?