Cholesterol lowering drug may significantly increase a persons risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study from Finland suggests.
Researchers found that statins were associated with over a fifty percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes even after adjusting for other factors.
Statins appear to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in several ways, the researcher’s said. One is that the drug can increases the person’s insulin resistance and the other is the cholesterol-lowering drugs seems to impair the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin, according to the report.
Commenting on the study, Dr. Ronald Goldberg, director of the Lipid Disorder Clinic and associate director of The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, said the researchers “show evidence that the statins increased insulin resistance, and that the people who developed type 2 diabetes appeared to have less ability to respond to insulin resistance by making more insulin”.
Prior studies in 2017 estimated the increased risk of type 2 diabetes to stain use exceeding 80%.
A functional medicine approach to dyslipidemia (abnormal lipid levels), focuses on contributing lifestyle and environmental factors that trigger this disease. Reversal and prevention are achievable though a functional medicine approach.
Too often people are told that dyslipidemia is genetic or medications are necessary to prevent or treat coronary vascular disease. This type of dyslipidemia is rare and in no way makes up the majority of cases. Simply prescribing pharmaceutical interventions for one’s lifetime without lifestyle consideration, allows increased risk for often unwanted or even harmful side effects.
When confronted with any health challenge it is wise to ask, is taking this medication offered simply a easier way to address the problem and ignore the long term risks, or is changing harmful environmental and lifestyle factors in ones best interest ?
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