Cardiovascular Benefits of Statins vs. Risk for Incident Diabetes – General Medicine

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Comment: Although statins might cause one additional case of diabetes per 255 nondiabetic patients treated for 4 years, data from another meta-analysis indicate that statins would prevent five major coronary events in those 255 patients. Therefore, the authors recommend that risk for diabetes should not deter therapy with statins in patients at moderate-to-high cardiovascular risk, but they suggest that older patients who take statins be monitored for hyperglycemia.

— Bruce Soloway, MD

Published in Journal Watch General Medicine March 4, 2010

Sattar N et al. Statins and risk of incident diabetes: A collaborative meta-analysis of randomised statin trials. Lancet 2010 Feb 27; 375:735.

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