Another study shows statins increase blood sugar

Another study shows statins increase blood sugar

The research connecting statin medications (for lowering cholesterol) with type 2 diabetes has been around for more than a decade. The risk is dose-dependent (the higher the dose of statin, the higher the risk of diabetes). That said, the FDA and general practice guidelines still support the use of statins. There is probably a difference in the risk with type of statin used though the research on this is not definitive (pravastatin = Pravachol and simvastatin = Zocor likely carry lower risk)

My 2 cents:

1) All patients with high cholesterol should try dietary and lifestyle changes prior to initiating medication

2) All patients should have baseline Hba1c (a 3 month marker of blood sugar regulation) tested prior to initiating statins and monitor it intermittently

3) If you have high cholesterol, you should consider advanced cardiovascular testing to get a better understanding of your cardiovascular risk

4) If you have high cholesterol, and particularly if you have a personal or family history of heart disease, you may consider asking your doctor about having a Coronary Calcium Scan done to determine whether that high cholesterol has resulted in calcified plaque buildup in your arteries.

Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND
Dr. Leat Kuzniar ND
drkuzniar@njnaturopath.com

Dr. Kuzniar is a board member of the New Jersey Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is also a member of the Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She currently holds a State of Vermont Naturopathic Physician license (as New Jersey does not yet offer licensing for Naturopathic doctors).