Proof that scientists still haven’t figured out the human body system properly are numerous studies that show, paradoxically, the drugs we take to improve our health are actually damaging us. A recent study shows that cholesterol drugs have the power to increase the risk of diabetes.
News that some drug is actually making you more vulnerable than improving your health can really make one forget about prescription medications. What’s the point of trying to have a healthier body by taking a drug that’s actually increasing the chances of getting ill. In this case, statins based cholesterol drugs have been proved to increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, shows that women using any kind of stating at the start of the investigation were nearly 50 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than those not taking such drugs.
Yusheng Ma of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester took part in the study. He wrote: “Statin medication use in postmenopausal women is associated with an increased risk for diabetes mellitus”. He also warns that “the statin should not be seen as the magic pill”.
Yusheng Ma and his colleagues investigated data from more than 150,000 diabetes-free women in their 50s, 60s and 70s. The study started in mid 1990s with women patients filling out health questionnaires related to the use of statins and diabetes risks. During the study, over 10,200 women taking any kind of statin developed diabetes. The ratio is staggering enough: one in 14 women involved in the study had 48 percent chances of developing diabetes, than those not taking statins.
The trouble is that statins are one of the most widely prescribed drugs and have been proved to significantly lower the bad cholesterol levels in the blood. The conflict arises when looking at studies that show this drug does save lives.
Dr. Steven Nissen, cardiology chairman at the Cleveland Clinic, told ABC News: “What I fear here is that people who need and will benefit from statins will be scared off of using the drugs because of reports like this”. He added: “We don’t want these drugs in the water supply, but we want the right people treated. When they are, this effect is not a significant limitation”.