A recent study has found that people who are vulnerable to diabetes are more likely to develop the disease if they are on Statin. The drug Statin is a cholesterol lowering drug. However, the drug has more benefits than disadvantages. It is prescribed to patients who are at the risk of suffering a heart attack.
The findings of the study have been published in the journal Lancet. The drug analysts have asked the drug manufactures to put warning labels on the packaging of the drug. It is believed that the warning will help in bringing awareness among the masses about the side-effects of the drug.
Dr. Robert Grenfell from National Clinical Issues Director at the Heart Foundation was reported as saying, "The increased risk of diabetes linked to cholesterol-lowering drugs seems limited to people who were already at high risk before they started taking the medication".
It has come to light that one in three Australians above the age of 30 has high cholesterol levels in their blood. In a few cases, the high cholesterol levels could be put under control through lifestyle changes. But, some are required to take medications so that heart attack could be prevented. The researchers have found that about 20% patients on statin can develop diabetes.
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