As new reports state, the use of statins in high-risk individuals increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Statins are commonly prescribed for lowering cholesterol levels in the blood. But, its use increases the risk of dysglycemia and NOD (new-onset- diabetes).

Researches showed that the prolonged use or high duration in the use of statins escalates the likelihood of type 2 diabetes, this shows that it is a dose-dependent relationship.


Statins, generally prescribed for lowering the blood cholesterol levels, thereupon preventing heart attacks and strokes. They are also called as HMG Co-A reductase inhibitors (lipid-lowering medications).

Even though recent studies suggest the risk of type 2 diabetes, statins are known for their own good.

Statins include atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pitavastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, and simvastatin.

The use of statins in postmenopausal women is correlated with the risk of developing diabetes. The exact mechanism responsible for this is vague. Still and all, recent findings indicate the inhibition of HMG CoA. Statins are anticipated to reduce the glucose uptake of cells from the bloodstream in response to insulin. One hypothesis by which this occurs is the interruption of the cholesterol synthesis.

Even though the risk of devopling diabetes is higher with statin use, its advantages in reducing the cardiovacular diseases outweigh this risk. On that account, it is not advisabke to discontinue statins without further studies.

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