RESEARCH SAYS CHOLESTEROL MEDS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES!
Some alarming news was released yesterday indicating statin use greatly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Statins are a class of drugs often prescribed by doctors to help lower cholesterol levels in the blood. By lowering the levels, they help prevent heart attacks and stroke. Studies show that, in certain people, statins reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and even death from heart disease by about 25% to 35%.
The study led by Victoria Zigmont, a graduate researcher in public health at The Ohio State University in Columbus, further explores the link between statin use and diabetes. The findings, which appear in the journal Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews, suggest that statins may indeed raise the risk for this chronic condition.
The analysis revealed that people who took statins were more than twice as likely to receive a diabetes diagnosis than those who did not take the medication. Additionally, people who took statins for longer than 2 years were more than three times as likely to develop diabetes.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗔𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗹 𝗟𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝘀?
A variety of factors can affect your cholesterol levels. They include:
𝗗𝗶𝗲𝘁: Saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol in the food you eat increase cholesterol levels. Try to reduce the amount of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol in your diet. This will help lower your blood cholesterol level. Saturated fat and trans fat have the most impact on blood cholesterol.
𝗪𝗲𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁: In addition to being a risk factor for heart disease, being overweight can also increase your triglycerides. Losing weight may help lower your triglyceride levels and raise your HDL.
𝗘𝘅𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗲: Regular exercise can lower total cholesterol levels. Exercise has the most effect on lowering triglycerides and raising HDL. You should try to be physically active for 30 minutes on most days.
𝗔𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿: As we get older, cholesterol levels rise. Before menopause, women tend to have lower total cholesterol levels than men of the same age. After menopause, however, women's LDL levels tend to rise and HDL can drop.
𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝘆: Your genes partly determine how much cholesterol your body makes. High blood cholesterol can run in families.
If you take statins to control cholesterol levels, this study seems to indicate the increased importance of diet and exercise to reduce the risk of being diagnosed with diabetes. A balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in saturated fats and processed foods should help curtail the added risk of developing diabetes when using statins.
Talk to your doctor or dietician for further information about how you can control your risk of high cholesterol and diabetes.
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