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Statines en de kans op diabetes*
Uit een studie onder ruim 153.000 middelbare vrouwen blijkt dat het gebruik van de cholesterol verlagende medicijnen statines de kans op diabetes type-2 duidelijk verhoogd. In het begin van de studie had geen van de vrouwen diabetes. Na 15 jaar bleek ruim 6% van de vrouwen die geen statines namen diabetes te hebben doch bij zij die wel statines namen bleek dat bijna 10% te zijn, ongeacht merk of hoeveelheid ingenomen statines. Dat lijkt niet veel verschil doch het verhoogt de kans op diabetes met wel 50%.  Statines worden genomen ter voorkoming van hartziektes doch het krijgen van diabetes geeft wel een 2-4 keer hogere kans op hart- en vaatziektes en een beroerte. 
Study - statin drugs linked to higher diabetes risk
A new study confirms a dangerous statin drug side effect: diabetes. Researchers at Harvard Medical School report women over the age of 45 are much more likely to develop diabetes if they're taking a statin drug.
The study followed more than 153,000 postmenopausal women who enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative study in the 1990s. At the time they enrolled, none of these women had diabetes. Researchers followed up with the women in 2005, and found that nearly 10 percent of women taking statins developed diabetes, compared to only 6.4 percent in women who did not take statin drugs.
Some experts are calling this a "slight" or "modest" increase. However, crunching the numbers reveals a different result: this is a whopping 50 percent increase in the risk for developing diabetes! Because statin drugs are the darling of the medical community, this risk is being played down. But with millions of Americans taking statin drugs, a 50 percent increase really adds up.
This is hardly the first study to turn up the link between statins and diabetes. In fact, there have been several studies demonstrating the same results. For instance, statins were also shown to increase diabetes risk in a randomized controlled study in 2008. More reports about the connection between diabetes and statin drugs were published in The Lancet in 2010 and yet again in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Although statins are supposed to be helping our hearts, they may be doing just the opposite. The link between diabetes and heart disease is frighteningly strong. The official website for the American Heart Association says, "Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes." 

Abstract. (Februari 2012)