Q: Can statins raise your blood sugar?
A: Yes. When the JUPITER study came out, as well as some results from the Women’s Health Initiative, post-menopausal women taking statins experienced blood sugar elevations up to 48%! Pre-menopausal women had blood sugar elevations of 13 percent. High blood sugar can cause proteins in your blood to combine with excess blood sugar (called “glycation”), which can prematurely age you. The good news is that if you go off the statin blood sugar elevations will come down.
edit: The above is from Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s blog this morning, co-author of “The Great Cholesterol Myth”, the link is to the rest of the article. Below are my thoughts.
We owe it to ourselves to make informed decisions when it comes to medication. There is not much transparency in trials (As we learned from Dr. Malcolm Kendrick the other day). Sometimes the side effects are much worse than the benefit, especially when the benefits can be obtained through lifestyle changes rather than medications.