New-Onset Diabetes With Statins

UPDATE: 12 January 2012

Another report is out today linking statin drugs and diabetes. Natural Health News has been reporting on statins since 2006 and we have been covering the drugs in our other venues since 1996.

Numerous articles on this topic can be located on Natural Health News using our search function on the main page.

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Need I say more?  Now more studies shoe increased risk of diabetes among other health problems from statins.  And the cookie cutter medicine machine wants YOU to take this drug if you have diabetes.  Its doing the same as aspartame.  Red Yeast Rice  is a statin and will have this effect in some people.

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Predictors of New-Onset Diabetes in Patients Treated With Atorvastatin

Results From 3 Large Randomized Clinical Trials

David D. Waters, MD, Jennifer E. Ho, MD,David A. DeMicco, DPharm, Andrei Breazna, PhD, Benoit J. Arsenault, PhD, Chuan-Chuan Wun, PhD,John J. Kastelein, MD, PhD, Helen Colhoun, MD, PhD and Philip Barter, MD, PhD Division of Cardiology, San Francisco General Hospital, and the University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California
 Pfizer, Inc., New York, New York
 Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
 Department of Public Health, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland
Heart Research Institute, Sydney, Australia
Manuscript received July 28, 2010; revised manuscript received October 4, 2010, accepted October 11, 2010.
* Reprint requests and correspondence: Dr. David D. Waters, Division of Cardiology, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, California 94114 (
Objectives: We sought to examine the incidence and clinical predictors of new-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) within 3 large randomized trials with atorvastatin.
Background: Statin therapy might modestly increase the risk of new-onset T2DM.
Methods: We used a standard definition of diabetes and excluded patients with prevalent diabetes at baseline. We identified baseline predictors of new-onset T2DM and compared the event rates inpatients with and without new-onset T2DM.
Results: In the TNT (Treating to New Targets) trial, 351 of 3,798 patients randomized to 80 mg of atorvastatin and 308 of 3,797 randomized to 10 mg developed new-onset T2DM (9.24% vs. 8.11%, adjusted hazard ratio [HR]: 1.10, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.94 to 1.29, p = 0.226). In the IDEAL (Incremental Decrease in End Points Through Aggressive Lipid Lowering) trial, 239 of 3,737 patients randomized to atorvastatin 80 mg/day and 208 of 3,724 patients randomized to simvastatin 20 mg/day developed new-onset T2DM (6.40% vs. 5.59%, adjusted HR: 1.19, 95% CI: 0.98 to 1.43, p = 0.072). In the SPARCL (Stroke Prevention by Aggressive Reduction in Cholesterol Levels) trial, new-onset T2DM developed in 166 of 1,905 patients randomized to atorvastatin 80 mg/day and in 115 of 1,898 patients in the placebo group (8.71% vs. 6.06%, adjusted HR: 1.37, 95% CI: 1.08 to 1.75, p = 0.011). In each of the 3 trials, baseline fasting blood glucose, body mass index, hypertension, and fasting triglycerides were independent predictors of new-onset T2DM. Across the 3 trials, major cardiovascular events occurred in 11.3% of patients with and 10.8% of patients without new-onset T2DM (adjusted HR: 1.02, 95% CI: 0.77 to 1.35, p = 0.69).
Conclusions: High-dose atorvastatin treatment compared with placebo in the SPARCL trial is associated with a slightly increased risk of new-onset T2DM. Baseline fasting glucose level and features of the metabolic syndrome are predictive of new-onset T2DM across the 3 trials.
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