WASHINGTON (AP) — A study is adding to evidence that the cholesterol-lowering wonder drugs called statins could have a downside: They may increase some people's chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The study was conducted at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and concerned postmenopausal women. The results were published online by the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.
The researchers examined the records of more than 153,000 women who didn't have diabetes in the 1990s. Just 7 percent were taking statins at the time.
Fast forward to 2005: Nearly 10 percent of the statin users had developed diabetes, compared with 6.4 percent of the older women who hadn't used the drugs.
This is what scientists call an observational study, which can hint at a risk but can't prove it. However, it comes after a number of smaller but more precise studies suggesting a possible link.
Despite the findings, specialists say people who most need statins because of a high risk for a heart attack should stick with the drugs.
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