Could your statins prescription give you diabetes?
You’ve tried eating better. You’re practically wearing yourself out on that treadmill. But your cholesterol levels still won’t budge.
Before you get desperate — before you let some mainstream doc convince you that cholesterol-lowering statins are the solution — there’s an urgent warning you need to know about.
A new study has revealed that the moment you pop that first statin you could be setting yourself up for a lifetime of diabetes — even if you’re in otherwise good health.
The study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine looked at nearly 26,000 people in the military health system, Tricare, to see how statins affected their diabetes risk.
And the dangers were far more serious than anyone could have ever imagined.
Patients who took statins increased their risk of diabetes by a shocking 87 percent!
And these were active-duty and retired military members and their families who were all screened for pre-existing health problems. In other words, they’re among the healthiest population you’ll ever find in medical research.
And these folks didn’t just get diabetes — they were experiencing some of the most dangerous and difficult-to-treat complications of the disease. Those who took statins were 250 percent more likely to suffer from diabetes complications including heart disease, nerve damage, hearing loss, blindness and Alzheimer’s, than their counterparts who just said no to the drug.
The massive study also found that users were over 14 percent more likely to become obese or overweight.
I’ve written before about the dangers of statins like Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor and their connection to diabetes. Even the FDA has confirmed that statins raise blood sugar, along with the type 2 diabetes risk.
But Big Pharma and their minions in the mainstream media have always casually dismissed these links, claiming people who are prescribed these drugs already have greater medical risks to begin with.
But this new study — showing that healthy folks aren’t protected from these statin dangers either — blows that old tired excuse right out of the water.
Yet millions of Americans are STILL taking these poison pills. And if you’re one of them it’s time to talk to your doc about getting off these dangerous drugs once and for all.
If you really want to work on your heart and keep your cholesterol levels on an even keel, try a heart-healthy eating plan like the delicious Mediterranean diet. And consider trying a safe and natural remedy such as berberine, niacin, flaxseed oil, omega 7 fatty acids or red yeast rice, all of which have all been proven to help control cholesterol without all those dreaded drug side effects.
Statins and New-Onset Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetic Complications: A Retrospective Cohort Study of US Healthy Adults