Friday, March 9

Statins for diabetics

Back in 2008, routine blood test results revealed that I had high levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) or what is commonly known as the bad cholesterol. Since I'm diabetic, the cardio-internist who saw me prescribed simvastatin which I religiously took for a month. Fortunately, my cholesterol went back to healthy levels and I'm off simvastatin or any other statin up to now.

I recently read a post on Diabetes Self Management site which was about a study that showed how statins increase the risk of developing Type II diabetes in post-menopausal women by 48%. Then again, here's a surprising fact. In a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, it was revealed that only one cardiovascular event (meaning stroke or heart attack) in every 155 people taking statins in high doses is prevented. On the other hand, only one in 498 people taking high dose statins may develop diabetes.

So why take statins in the first place, then? Hmmm... I think my doctor gave me that because of the urgency to lower my bad cholesterol. Thank goodness I was able to do that by switching to a diet with less saturated fats and switching to canola oil, dancing, and statins.

Okay, back to regular programming, so they say. I need to catch up and read what's in for a health write-up. Until next post and hope you're healthy enough to stay away from statins!

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