Ethics in Medicine

Statins controversies, diabetes risk

Kristen Sparrow • October 30, 2022

Statins are widely prescribed to lower cholesterol in order to prevent blockage of coronary arteries.  They do carry some risks though!  Click through to read the discussion. from the NYtimes 

Statins, which help lower levels of LDL (or “bad” cholesterol) in the blood, can cause side effects such as headache, muscle pain, brain fog and fatigue. But one of the most worrisome among them for many people is the increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, where the body fails to properly regulate and use sugar (or glucose) as fuel.

While Type 2 diabetes is a real concern, Dr. Subramanian said, that doesn’t mean you should automatically avoid statins. Here’s why.

The comments section has a number of disgruntled patients who have tried statins and suffered side effects.  Keep in mind, these comments are anecdotal and not a scientific representation!