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Heart benefits from statins outweigh diabetes risk

17th February 2010

New research from a team at Glasgow University has shown that the diabetes risk posed by cholesterol-lowering statins is low compared with their beneficial effect in preventing heart attacks.

Researchers analysed 13 statin trials from 1994 to 2009 and concluded statin use increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 9% but the "absolute risk" was low when compared to how the drugs could help "reduce coronary events". The findings of the study are published in the latest edition of The Lancet.

 

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