News sites have been swarming over this news, that a Finnish study has linked cholesterol-lowering statins with an increase risk of Type 2 diabetes,
Digging a little deeper, the investigators found that statins decreased insulin sensitivity by 24%, and insulin secretion by 12%. The more simvastatin and atorvastatin that people took, the more their ability to use and produce insulin suffered. High-dose simvastatin was associated with a 44% increased risk of developing diabetes, while for low-dose simvastatin the increased risk was 28%. High-dose atorvastatin was linked to a 37% increased diabetes risk.
I’ve been on simvastatin for years, even though my cholesterol numbers are pretty good. My GP wants my cholesterol lower. He also told me about a study that showed patients on statins had better health outcomes than people with naturally low cholesterol.