Some statins raise the risk of getting diabetes. But this risk is small compared to the benefit of statins. A large study of people taking statins showed this. It found that for every 2 new cases of diabetes, 5 heart or blood vessel events were prevented. In other words, whether or not diabetes occurred, taking statins led to fewer heart attacks or strokes.
Some people are already at risk of getting diabetes. They are very overweight, have high blood pressure, or have high levels of blood sugar. These people can lower their risk of diabetes with lifestyle changes. Steps include a healthy diet, weight loss, and exercise.
A small number of these people may still get diabetes when they start taking statins. These people should still take statins to lower their risk of heart attack and stroke.
The benefits of statins outweigh the risk of diabetes!