Doctors prescribe statins to lower cholesterol levels in a person’s blood, according to Medical News Today. This drug reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
According to reports EconomyOnline In the present study, a team of researchers from the University of Texas found that people with type 2 diabetes who took statins were more likely to develop diabetes.
The researchers found that one of the possible side effects of taking statins was a decrease in insulin sensitivity, meaning that a person was more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes blood sugar or glucose levels to rise too high. This is because the person is either unable to make enough insulin or is less sensitive to insulin. Insulin helps cells absorb glucose into a person’s bloodstream.
Insufficient insulin production or hypersensitivity to it raises a person’s blood sugar levels and puts them at risk for cardiovascular disease.
“Previous research has shown that statins are associated with increased insulin resistance,” said Ishaq Mansi, head of the research team. “But doctors do not normally measure ‘insulin resistance’ for their patients.”
Researchers estimate that the global prevalence of diabetes, which will reach 463 million in 2019, will increase to 578 million by 2030.
The researchers found that 55.9 percent of patients taking statins developed diabetes during the study period, compared with 48 percent in the comparison group.